This current church season of Pentecost lasts throughout the summer and into the fall. It is the longest season of the church year, and it is marked by a lot of ordinary living. In fact, the season is sometimes called “Ordinary Time” in liturgical calendars. I like that. I like it that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God is considered ordinary. As God’s Spirit moves among us, dwells in us, inspires us, calls us, motivates us, comforts us and encourages us – that is just ordinary, that’s just the way it is. The presence of the Spirit of God and sharing the gifts of the Spirit is just what ordinary life is all about. The Spirit of God, that is wind and breath, power and presence – blows into our lives and stirs us to new life, refreshing and inspiring us in unexpected ways. Likewise summer is not a time to slow down, but a time to shift priorities and change activities. We find ourselves traveling or sharing Day Camp or enjoying parades or planning for celebrations. We find ourselves doing extra chores or being outside or enjoying longer periods of daylight. Even at church, we find ourselves doing different things than during the school year – still worshiping, still meeting, still doing mission, still sharing God’s Word, but maybe in a different way or at a different pace. Summer is a good time to take a breath, and look for God’s presence in a new way, or perhaps try a new way of serving God in the world. Stop and listen for God’s Spirit stirring in you. Open yourself to God’s guidance and receive the gift of each new day. As you move into the hot days of summer, as you go about your ordinary life, as you work or play or vacation or volunteer, know that God is with you wherever you go. Know that God’s Spirit will make you able to respond to anything that happens. Know that God loves you beyond measure and will walk with you each step of the way. Enjoy the ordinary days of God’s presence and share the extra-ordinary depth of God’s love. Be blessed this season by the summer breeze – the breath of God’s Spirit moving over you with grace.