“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, those days of soda and pretzels and beer”, sang Nat King Cole, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. You’ll wish that summer could always be here”. When August arrives we shall already have experienced those summer days, lazy and crazy because it has been too hot to do very much and hazy because once the cold and rain sets in they will become hazy but hopefully happy memories.
Holiday, from the Old English hālig – holy and dæg,- day meant special religious days on which work stopped. The summer months, generally, are ones when many people take a holiday, a period of leisure and recreation, time spent away from home or travelling. It is thought nowadays though that for many a ‘staycation’ is just what they need – staying in a different place or merely staying at home and doing very little, whether by necessity or desire. . You know, Jesus was the master of the ‘staycation’. How often we read in the Gospels that Jesus took himself away from the crowd and prayed to His Father in heaven, sometimes “very early in the morning”. Jesus could not have had many lazy days but he always made time to get away from the crowds who followed him wanting to hear what he might say or do next. Alone with God he could collect his thoughts, hear his Father’s will for him, but above all, rest, to be prepared for what he was to face in his ministry. Whenever we take a holiday, no matter the length, that is an excellent time to take stock of life, ponder very briefly on what is past, wonder what might come, but more than anything, else think on where we are right now. To ponder on the fact that the Lord is with us all the time, no matter in what situation we find ourselves, and to have a quiet chat with Jesus is probably just what we need. And if you do travel a long distance for your chill out time He is happy to go along with you.
Wherever you spend your holy(i)day have a peaceful and wonderful time.
Ruth Bond – Licensed Lay Minister