It’s the end of August and in typical Canadian fashion – people are already commiserating that ‘summer is over’, ‘I’ll miss the kids’, ‘I don’t like cold weather’, etc.
PLEASE STOP IT.
First of all, the autumnal equinox begins on September 23 according to my daytimer. This means that the end of summer is almost one whole month away. So there we go wishing away our days and it isn’t even happening yet.
Secondly, fall is a beautiful, glorious time of year. We see changes in the landscape and enjoy all of nature’s bounty with which God has blessed us. The kids love walking to school scraping their feet through the swirling leaves.
Thirdly, where is our attitude of gratitude? We’ve been given a wonderful summer (the weather was so warm even in May) and it seems that no matter how fantastic it was – still – not enough for the Canadian population.
I’ve noticed we really like to comment in a negative fashion on the weather, in particular. Example: beautiful sunny day – 28 degrees. Canadian response: ‘it’s a little warm’ or ‘we need rain’. Another example: rainy day (like Saturday). Canadian response: ‘that stinks – what a horrible day’. Yet another example: sunny day with some clouds. Canadian response: ‘I wish it would make up its mind’.
When I hear comments about weather – I wonder – what would constitute a perfect summer? A summer where it could end according to the calendar and there would be no complaints – only gratefulness for what was in our lives?
How is our attitude meter? Are we great examples of a good attitude to those around us? Can we embrace opportunities befitting of the fall and teach those around us that, really ‘it’s all good’?
Thanksgiving is coming. Please note it is not in the summer. Yet in our piety, upon having consumed copious amounts of whatever you like during this holiday, we will ‘go around the table’ and share one thing for which we are thankful. Maybe we could include an ode to summer and all of God’s goodness.
The Bible encourages us: ‘In everything gives thanks for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus concerning you.’
“This is the day which the Lord has made – we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Let’s try to be counter revolutionary in our homeland of weather naysayers. Wouldn’t it be outstanding and uplifting if we could simply AGREE to be thankful – no matter the weather conditions.
It’s so beautiful outside my kitchen window right now. The air is a little cooler, no humidity and a gentle breeze. It’s summer. For 27 more days, not counting today. Glorious, magnificent today (which is happening all around you while I am writing this piece.)