There is such a thing as a sacred idleness....
Remember the magic of waking on the first morning of summer vacation when you were a child?
Sweet outdoor smells were wafting in your open window--you wondered why the neighbor was already mowing the lawn--and you had nothing to look forward to but endless bike rides, popsicles, library books and spooky games of flashlight tag.
“School’s out!! I’m free!!” you probably thought.
What we didn’t realize as children was that learning and spiritual development didn’t stop during the summer. We continued to learn. We grew, we prayed, we praised God, we grew closer as a family--but we did it all freely. At a slower pace. More deliberately and more sweetly.
Summer vacation is precious time. It lets kids be kids for just a little while longer. And if you’re lucky, Dad and Mom can be kids for a little while longer, too.
As G.K. Chesterton once suggested, “...the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.” We could all bring a little heaven to Earth this summer by re-introducing play into our family prayer--and prayer into our play.
Here at Wee Believers we have teamed up to create a great list of ways you can wrap faith and family into your summer fun, and make the most of the sweet, sweet freedom of summer!
Check out Part 2 of this blog post for some inspiring ideas.