July/August 2017 – Reverend Michael’s Moment

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”                                        —F. Scott Fitzgerald

What a joy it is to begin the summer; to revel in the fragrance of flowers grown in New Hampshire, to walk in the sunshine with no fear of ice underfoot, to pick strawberries and anticipate new adventures with loved ones. Having returned from New Orleans tired and inspired, I look forward to processing and sharing what I did and learned and saw there. It seems strange to say that time spent in “The Big Easy” was hard work, but indeed it was work—work in a beautiful, though decidedly muggy, setting, with music everywhere I went, and laughter and an easygoing approach to life that took this Northerner some time to acclimate to.

As I happily begin my summer back home in Keene, I will say that I also will be bringing some of the “Naw’lins” mindset with me. I intend to create and preserve balance between work and study and time off. To that end you will see my summer time plan below. You can see by that calendar that I hope to spend more time with you outside of the church building and at times that aren’t pastoral emergencies, or “church work” to be done.

I hope to see you over the summer whether at a service, in the community or when I visit you at home. Until then, enjoy your time however you spend it: at your place of work, while watching the Swamp Bats, mowing your lawn or reading at the beach.

I remain, yours in faith and fellowship,

Rev. Michael