Summer is a season of transition in this community. So many people graduate in May, and then off they go into the world, to do the work God has called them to do. The town of Wilmore seems to empty, tipped on it’s side as a flood of people transition out of the area.
And after a few weeks, new families begin to move into the empty homes, new students arrive, there are new faces to meet. Where there was an air of sadness before, there is now a feeling of excitement that is almost tangible. As the town is refilled with people, it is also infused with a new energy.
Because it is so filled with transition, summer can be a hard season, both for adults and children alike. The face of a neighborhood can change in a weekend, and those who stay in the community can feel alone, abandoned, isolated. Children lose their playmates, adults lose their connections with others. There can be a sense of loneliness that is palpable.
But summer also invites in a season for rest and renewal. Leaning into the quiet and the peace can lend itself to a new awakening of deeper spiritual practices and a new sense of self. Without the distractions that seem so abundant during the school year, summer can be a time to connect and reconnect with the Creator on a deeper, more intimate level. A time to be in creation and appreciate it for the beauty and joy that it stirs up in one’s soul. A time to forge deep and lasting relationships, to truly lean in to the friendships that have begun forming, and to solidify them.
Is your summer full of transitions, full of changes? Are you weary and over-extended, emotionally worn from the day to day? Perhaps it is a holy invitation to rest, to recharge. An invitation to spend time with the Divine and be refreshed by Him. Take a Sabbath, or two, or perhaps a week if you are able, and rest. Rest in whatever way brings healing and renewal to your soul.
Our team regularly prays for people in the community, those whose needs we are aware of, and those that the Lord places on our hearts. If you are in need of prayer, rest, renewal, please don’t hesitate to contact Community Formation. We will pray with you and for you.