10 Ways to Savor the Summer

Hug A Chicken

Warm days, long nights, fireflies, shooting stars, bare legs, sand between your toes, iced tea, watermelon - all summer long, God lingers around every corner, in the shade of every tree, inside every picnic basket.

To make the most of this season, SALT is inviting everyone (and by everyone we mean everyone, like the whole-wide-world-everyone-who's-interested everyone!) to be intentional about savoring the wonders of summer and growing closer to the One who made it so good!

So, try these tasty summer practices, and let us know how it goes:

+ As the summer evenings come, go for a walk with God in the cool of the day.  If this primordial form of meditation was good enough for God (see Genesis 3), it’s good enough for you!

+ Go barefoot with Moses.  You don’t need a burning bush or an embossed invitation to set your tootsies free.  Take a walk around, baby - it’s all holy ground!

+ Garden, garden, garden, and when you're done gardening, do it some more!  You were created to till and to keep the earth (Genesis 2), to plant flowers and eat cherry tomatoes right off the vine.

+ Take a Wifiatus!  Wifi + hiatus = Ahhhffline!

+ Find a genuinely dark place and go stargazing - and be struck down with wonder.

+ Hug everything - and start with a chicken!

+ Instead of ice cream, try making this Raspberry Mango Sorbet from Minimalist Baker!  First of all, it's delicious!  And second, reducing your dairy consumption is a tangible way you can make a dent in climate change and live more fully into your role as guardian and protector of God's good creation.

+ Say a special prayer for peace in our homes, and in particular, for people experiencing domestic violence.  Hot weather makes tempers flare...

+ Say a prayer for peace around the world, especially as many refugees, immigrants, and migrants are met with violence as they journey toward a new future.

+ Download this SALT printable, print it up, and hang it in the kitchen while you make strawberry jam.

Finally, a blessing as you go about savoring God's summer:

Apprehend God in all things,
for God is in all things.

Every single creature is full of God,
and is a book about God.

Every creature is a word of God.

If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature, 
even a caterpillar, I would never have to prepare a sermon.  

So full of God is every creature.

+ Meister Eckhart

p.s.  If you need even more ideas on how to slow down, check out our lovely little printable resource, "Find Your Slow Summer"!