Messages from Pastor Tucker
The Dog Days of Summer are upon us! According to the Farmer’s Almanac this is a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months from July until August 11. The star called Sirius (which means scorching in Greek) is visible just before sunrise next to where the sun will peak the horizon.
In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat! Today, the phrase doesn’t conjure up such bad imagery. Instead, the Dog Days are associated purely with the time of summer’s peak temperatures and humidity.
For us in the church, August is the time we turn up the air conditioning, sing hymns and hear scriptures about God’s Word that continues to shape his community. Our New Testament readings are from the book of Hebrews and the Gospel is found in Luke’s book. Luke teaches that it is “God’s pleasure” to Give the Kingdom to His followers. The Kingdom is God is a pearl of great price given to each of us.
God’s Word is also a gift offered to the church to REFINE and make pure His people. We are refined as God’s heat is applied so as to help us re-orient our priorities. John the Baptist baptized with water; Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit so that we do not fall back into our old ways.
God’s Word calls us to KEEP THE SABBATH DAY as God’s Day! Take rest from your labors, let go of life’s stressful demands and REST…pray, meditate on God’s blessings in your life, and sing to yourself your favorite hymn. Make a day of it! Sabbath – time apart…with the Family of God in church worship!
Our month concludes with the teaching that all of us have been INVITED into the family of God and it is our calling to become busy with the activity of INVITING others to join. Scripture calls us to: invite the poor, the hungry, the seekers looking for something, invite them to join us in weekly worship. Can we? Will we?
So, in the month of August we will be refined by the heat of God’s Word and the heat of the “Dog Days of Summer”. Are we paying attention to this light that surrounds and illuminates? One light is a star that is visible only by those who watch like the watchmen in the morning. The other is the light of God’s wisdom and promise to walk in the heat and darkness…walk with those who are baptized in His name, so that He might bring them an eternal kingdom of Light.
The August heat is hot, no doubt. And the Heat of God’s Word surrounds us to change us into His Image. May you be melting in God’s Divine Love! I hope to see you in church.