“Then let us, one and all, be contented with our lot;
The June is here this morning, and the sun is shining hot;
Oh! Let us fill our hearts up with the glory of the day,
And banish ev’ry doubt and care and sorrow far away.”
The month of June arrived the second and author James Whitcomb Riley has gives us good advice as we begin this new season. Oh, I know the summer solstice isn’t until the 21, but the past weekend it seemed like it was already here.
In just a few weeks the local schools will dismiss the youth for a couple months, and I know the youngsters will enjoy those days of freedom. I vividly remember those days when our five children were excited about all the adventures they would have during their vacation. I suppose some parents, especially moms, will have their schedules greatly changed and maybe more hectic. However, for the most part I enjoyed those carefree days because I “played” more than I worked. After the essential morning tasks were finished, with the kids help, we’d often go to the creek, have a picnic, go swimming in a pond or pool and do other fun things. The children had time to play with the neighbors, make tree houses, ride the pony and horse, read or just do whatever they wanted to, within reason.
In summer time, dawn comes early and we hear the chirping of birds as they greet the new day. The sun rises early and daylight last longer. The weather is warmer and sometimes hot. On such a day we welcome a cooling breeze and the pleasing scent of flowers is in the air. It may bring lightening, the clap of thunder and blessed relief when rain drops fall. Sometimes God sends us a rainbow to remind us of His promise to never destroy the whole world again with water as long as the world remains.
June brings us June bugs, bird songs, baby birds and the first fresh strawberries. There are picnics, vacations and camping for some. Some folk are busy tending to their fields or gardens but there is also time for fun. It’s high school graduation time and college students graduate or come home for the summer.
At the close of a day the glorious sunsets lasts longer. The robins sing goodnight just before darkness settles across the land. In June, the fireflies flit about shining their bright little lights and in the quietness one might hear a whip-poor-will calling from the woods. Some nights we see the twinkling stars spread across the dark sky and beautiful moon casts it rays across the world, creating dark shadows amidst the light. It’s a spectacular sight for anyone to see.
Then as darkness fades away into dawn we get our first glimpse of the sunrise and a brand new summer day with all its glory. Each one gives us another opportunity to experience life. Whatever it brings remember, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”