Dear Friends in Christ,

Five months and thirty days ago it began after the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year followed by increasing light, bit by bit, day by day. No, this is not news, simply an observation. This gradual shift in the earth’s tilting comes and goes and is a natural occurrence baked into our experience on earth. Two seasons fold into one another, more light and less light, ascending and descending.

Today marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and where we live 15 hours and 22 minutes of daylight to enjoy. But after that the length of light slowly diminishes. By the time St. Bart’s Day arrives, August 20, we will be down to 14 hours and 8 minutes of daylight. (All of this according to the Sunset and Rise app.)

Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want you lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change. 2 Peter 3:8-9 The Message Bible

On June 11 the 6:00 pm service included a rainstorm but by the time we concluded the sun was out and I knew at some point a rainbow would appear. As I was driving home there it was! Then again, yesterday as I was getting into my car in a parking lot, I looked up – a rainbow – not preceded by any visible rain, but obviously enough moisture and light combined to generate one.

On this longest day of the year be reminded that time does not stand still, the light of Christ shines even at night, and God’s promise forever resides in the beauty of the rainbow.

Today summer begins! Rest. Be safe and enjoy!