Everyday Grace

Everyday Grace: 3 Ways to Get Through the Dog Days

For us in the northern hemisphere, we are definitely in summer’s dog days now… but it’s a very different summer from other summers, isn’t it? With different areas offering different levels of “openness” and/or safety precautions, it’s hard to know how to plan a vacation… much less plan for what the fall and back-to-school will be like. That uncertainty is one of the hallmarks of our time, and it’s incredibly difficult to live with!

  • Do it now. If there’s something that you meant to do this summer, or in this lifetime, don’t postpone it. Whether it’s a musical instrument you want to learn or a broken friendship you want to heal, this summer teaches us that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.
  • Find “your” Scripture. We all have favorites we turn to when life becomes difficult. In times of uncertainty, for example, you might turn to Isaiah: “do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you.” Google “Bible verses fear” or “Scripture for uncertainty” and you could find your own new favorite.
  • Check out the saints. No matter what befalls, there’s a saint who’s been there ahead of us, and we can learn something about how to adapt by studying their lives. (Think they’re superhuman? Think again: Sr. Mary Lea Hill, our own Crabby Mystic, has thoughts on that!)

Let’s be honest: humans love to plan, and we hate living in circumstances that don’t allow it. This uncertain time is a good time to remember that even if we don’t have a plan, God does. No matter what the rest of this summer, or next autumn, might bring, we’re not facing it alone. If we can put our trust in God and God’s promises, we will get through—together.

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