We love to have visitors at our church! Sometimes visitors come on four legs such as a friend’s dog, Cheyenne. Sometimes they come in wheelchairs or strollers. Last week a visitor hopped in when we weren’t paying attention. I looked over to the other staff offices and a gigantic (or so it seemed to me) toad hovered by the wall. While I pondered what to do (get a glass, pick it up with fingers, get help from others), Pastor Karen swooped up the lonely toad with her hands and carried it lovingly outdoors. “There you go!” she said. There was no hesitation about helping a visitor. United Methodists really have open doors!
Like many families we gathered for the unofficial last day of summer on Labor Day. After praying for those who labor for our country, their physical hardships, and their needs, we went to play. Going to the Lake during the summer is a haven for our family and watching my daughter take her boys tubing, as I did with her many years ago, is such a joy. At our haven we spend hours laughing, swimming, eating, and sometimes we just sit quietly and watch the sun play on the water. We all need a haven—a place of escape from our busyness—a place to just “be.” We need such times and such places to live a healthy life.
Even Jesus needed to get away from time to time. He would steel away from the crowds, from the busyness, from the demands of daily life to find some peace, to reflect, and to pray. I often picture him beside the lake watching the sun dance on the water, or in the hills feeling a refreshing breeze. At such places we are on holy ground and we are blessed.
The reading club came to an end in a Super way! After finishing up our Super Reader Capes, some of our favorite stories were read to us. We played Super Group Games and then we all worked together to make a Super Size Sundae over 8′ long! With so many toppings to choose from, it was hard to pick our favorites. After a summer full of fun and reading, we all are officially Super Readers!!!