‘There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.’
– Ecclesiastes 3:1
The Methodist Church has certain Sundays throughout the year designated as ‘Special Sundays‘, and in July so far we have had Action for Children Sunday and Conference Sunday. I have also come across a website that tells us about the many other special days we have – something for almost every day of the year. Some of these days are at bit whacky and bizarre: the month of July does have ‘Compliment your Mirror Day’, ‘Chicken Wing Day’, ‘National Milk Chocolate Day’ and ‘Take your houseplant for a walk Day’.
But equally it has –
‘International Friendship Day’ (30 July) encouraging peace between people and countries.
‘Aunt and Uncle Day’ (26 July), ‘Father in Law Day’ (30 July) and ‘Cousins Day’ (24 July) all encouraging an appreciation of the wider family.
And my favourite…
‘Cheer up the Lonely Day’ (11 July) which is much needed as we hear about the epidemic that loneliness has become across all ages in our world.
Action for Children are encouraging us to think about ‘two by two’ this year. How Jesus did not send his disciples out alone or to be alone, but with support and company. So, may we make a special effort this month to watch out for one another and our neighbours, especially as we reach this season of holidays and people’s normal support structures not being there.
Our verse from Ecclesiastes above says that ‘everything has a time and special season’ and indicates that every day is special and that we need to celebrate each day, whatever is happening. So, every day this month may you find something you can celebrate, however strange or trivial it may seem. We can be thankful for houseplants and chocolate, for a breeze or a bird, for jigsaws or TV programmes, for hospital staff or even for pain, that can be a sign of our bodies needing rest or mending. May we look for the special and God in the ordinariness of life each day.
And something that is not special this particular mont, but is special every month, is the Bible Study. We meet every fourth Thursday of the month at 2.30pm at Forest Hill Church. We have been studying the book of Ecclesiastes. If you would like to come along please let me or Sandra know if you need a lift. And keep looking out for the reverse of our notice sheet each week which will tell you of the special things that are happening in our church and circuit and community this month.
May we all have a special month in July knowing that, in the context of Ecclesiastes 3, it does not depend on our circumstances but on our faith in God.
‘Christ gave each one of us the special gift of grace’
– Ephesians 4:7
May God be especially close to you this month.