August is named after the first Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar. He was also the Emperor of Rome when Jesus was born. This is usually the season for holidays; a time to reflect, to relax and recharge our batteries. Many of us will have cancelled our holidays this year but, if we have been lucky enough to book something, going somewhere different, changing our routines, seeing different views, can really be a spiritual burst to our lives. It is important that holidays provide a break from routines and habits but, just as importantly, they make us question why we do things a particular way when we come back.
Being able to look at our lives from the outside helps us reject bad habits and the routines that take us further from God, allowing us instead to reassess ourselves, our identity and our role in the community.
Lockdown, in a way, has caused us to change our routines and adapt to new rules and safety measures. As the country prepares to return to “normal”, think about your old routines. Will you fall back into them? Have you developed new routines that are better and more productive? Think to yourself, “when I pick up the routines again of normal life, will they enrich and enhance my life or will they drain and hold me back?”
If you are going away, enjoy it. I hope the weather will be lovely and that you stay safe but have lots of fun.
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon