Who among us of a certain age does not know the iconic tune penned by the great George and Ira Gershwin almost a century ago? The chorus sings, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Although the lyrics may be too socially incorrect for mainstream play today, it is at its heart a child’s lullaby about being at peace, knowing mom and dad have things under control.
Summertime is an ideal time to reflect on just that notion: God is our God, all are his children, and despite the trials and tribulations around some, God has taken all his creation under his wings. In this season of short nights and long daylight hours, along with warm weather and vacation time for the fortunate, those who trust in God may also rest in him.
Perhaps summer can also be a time to turn off the bombardment of headlines from the 24-hour news networks. This is the time to walk away from the useless political rhetoric, and step aside from the divisive debates. Gather as in the old days, with circled lawn chairs carried outside to neighbors’ yards. (When was the last time you saw that on your block?)
Summertime can be a time of gratitude and heartfelt thanksgiving for not only what is good but for what is truly important. Winter will be back too quickly to let this time pass away without rejoicing for a moment in the warmth it provides. As St. Paul tells us, of God’s greatest gifts are faith, hope and love. Enjoy all three this summer, for in Him, livin’ can be easy.