Summer’s Goodbye

Summer’s Goodbye

“Thank you, Jesus!”  As my Mom used to say. This has been the most glorious summer simply because I was able to do something I hadn’t done since I waved goodbye to my parents and went off to college many, many decades ago.

Not one blessed day escaped me without a swim except on the weekly pool cleaning day.   Even on  rainy days I managed to get a dip in and in between breaks in the thunderstorms too. Being able to play in the water is so nourishing to the heart and soul.

I’m so sorry to see the seasonal closing of the pool and the days getting shorter and chillier. It has felt so good to bask in the summer’s heat and I’ve had relief when I needed it.

Fall comes with it’s own pleasures but in my mind there are never enough summers in a lifetime.

“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave good bye.”  – Unknown

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Lyrically Speaking

Lyrically Speaking

 

I love church hymns especially those I remember from my childhood. But there are beautiful contemporary church songs too.  As the Deer is a personal favorite.

Reverend Bryon Brought has whetted my interest in learning about spiritual song writers through the ages. I’ve been all ears during his sermon series of one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time, Fanny Crosby.

The backstory of her life is most interesting and as an author myself, I’d like to suggest perhaps her lyric writing became a valuable outlet for her emotions and feelings.

Very briefly, Fanny Crosby became blind at age 6 due to a physician’s mistake in prescribing the wrong medicine for an eye problem. Her blindness left her at a disadvantage. However, despite her challenges she became an eloquent lyric writer and worked in New York City to help many people during the 1840s pandemic.

Out of her challenges and being “different” than others came reassuring, heartfelt words of songs which soothe the soul and provide hope.

Thank you to Rev. Bryon Brought for bringing this sermon series to our faith community.  I’ve enjoyed learning about a hymn writer from two hundred years ago.

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Community Minded

Community Minded

Community organizations and businesses that partner together can accomplish so much. On Saturday, August 29 from 9am to 1pm an event will profit the food missions of the Bel Air United Methodist Church. Attendees are asked to bring a donation…

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