June 2018 Letter

Summer Solstice


Many people view Memorial Day weekend at the end of May as the “unofficial” start of summer, even though the “official” start of summer is June 21st. People around the world have observed spiritual and religious seasonal days of celebration during the month of June, linked in some way to the summer solstice. On June 21st, the daytime hours are at a maximum in the Northern hemisphere, and night time is at a minimum. It is also referred to as Midsummer because it is roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe.


Summer is mentioned on 25 separate occasions in the Bible, as God continually reminds us that He oversees all the seasons and will provide for every creature’s needs. He promised Noah and the survivors of the Great Flood, “22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Gen. 8:22) King David wrote in Psalm 74:17, “17 You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.” And Jesus taught the disciples a lesson from the fig tree, “32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:32-35).


Jesus is the only thing that always remains constant in our lives as the author of Hebrews tells us, “.8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” I pray that you will all have a safe and restful summer. Mow the grass, tend the garden, watch the kids swim and play baseball, relax and watch a beautiful sunset with your family, knowing that God is in charge of everything in your lives. He will never forsake you or take a vacation from you—please don’t take a vacation from Him and His blessings of Word and Sacraments this summer!


Summer Blessings!


Pastor David A. Feddern