Hello Summer's End; Lean In, Lean On

We have come this far by faith: leaning on the Lord who saves.
— from Common Prayer

In the distant, far away, horizon-spotting of a season's end

we are often met with a worn-out soul and physical state, which can turn around faster than we expect into joyful anticipation when that end feels more in reach, almost there. 

Hello mid-July, high's in the 90's and 100's

pool no longer cool, instead warm.

Hello slow days in town at home with Oliver.

But there is sweetness yet to be tasted and found in this season; quickly but slowly ending.

I would imagine you experience those joyful pockets of pleasure too.

For me it's been puzzles, painting, and letting Oliver stay in his pajamas sometimes past noon. My husband brought home a batch of whimsical children's books from the library for me to read with Oliver. 

"I don't want to read those library books." Oliver's first reaction to my idea for afternoon reading time.

"Mom, I don't want to read them because they are cute. I want to read something cool." 

Oh, Oliver. I am starting to get this response when I fix his hair or pick out his clothes. My growing boy! 

So, I make him sit down and listen anyways. And I am delighted to find he loves each book. He is smiling and actual focused while I read. A sweet surprise. We enjoyed the artful illustrations and quirky characters together.

If I am honest, I enjoy it a little more this week than last week because of a recent email from the school reminding me to update Oliver's registration information and a trip to the school for a kindergarten pre-assessment. These both make me feel summer break isn't forever ongoing. I was totally ready and excited for the break in May and then right after the 4th of July I started craving the structure and alone time a school schedule brings. 

So, maybe like me you don't have any grand vacation plans filling out these last few weeks before school starts, or maybe you do; if so I look forward to your beautiful photos of the ocean or the forest or charming cities! 

Either way at any season's end it's good to remember to lean in and lean on. Lean in to see loveliness even in the ordinary, and lean on God because He who brought you this far will carry you through.

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said “Who am I O Lord, God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord.
— 2 Samuel 7:18
What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

* Also, I am hoping to get a weekend care package up on the blog this Friday. It's been a while since I shared one of those!