I recently heard an American political commentator say how difficult it was to generate interest in political matters during the summer months.
As American Democrats try to pick a person to run for the presidency, and as we Canadians prepare to hold our election in October, the spin doctors have their work cut out for them.
After a long, difficult winter and spring, people are desperately looking for opportunities to forget all the things taking place in our world that are troublesome. It isn’t that people don’t care. Most of us are tired and need a break from the everyday routines of life. We need time to blank out the rest of the world. It is why people who have cottages look forward to the time spent there. Outdoor fires, swims, long walks, reuniting with cottage neighbours are a way to relax and find some time for ourselves.
For people who work all summer, there is the yearly problem of what to do with the children while at work. We are so fortunate in Amherst to have so many summer programs sponsored by the town, the YMCA, local churches and sports organizations. We need to thank all those people who take up the challenge to meet these summer needs. Their involvement is critical, but they too need some time to relax.
Like any volunteer organization the churches of Amherst and area depend on dedicated workers who keep the church and its programs alive. It is also why we end meetings early in June and why some churches combine congregations or go to summer schedules. During the summer, church attendance is at a minimal. It isn’t that people aren’t interested. They simply need some time off. I have never worried too much about summer attendance, as long as people return in the fall ready to work. Regrettably, like all service clubs and organizations, churches need more active members who are ready to accept the call to serve the Lord in so many ways. All around us, churches are closing their doors and either selling the buildings or demolishing them. True, church is more than the building, but most churches reflect a long history and are unique expressions of architecture.
For now, let’s not worry about what may happen later. God gave us this beautiful weather to enjoy. Walk the beach, go camping, barbecue, swim, travel, visit. Celebrate life and give thanks that we have such a great nation to live in. Remember, all this and more is brought to you by the God who loves you. Happy Summer!