Blog #24: Living Light in Summertime

June 24, 2021
Miya Komori & Monika Weber-Fahr
Summertime has officially started this week. Last Tuesday (June 21) marked the summer solstice or midsummer. Next week, children in Vienna go on their two-month long summer breaks. Also, many doctor’s offices and other services will close for some time in the coming month or so, and even Christ Church moves onto a summer schedule. In July and August clocks seem to be ticking slower in Vienna.
Summertime is, for many of us, an opportunity, indeed an invitation to notice life around ourselves with more attention. We take time out of our busy schedules and we are able to slow down and create more harmony between the speed at which we live and the pace of nature and its beings. It is a perfect time, it seems, for reflecting on what God’s creation means to us.
In this very spirit, Living Light in Summertime invites our readers to share short observations on creation or creation keeping. To make it easy, we thought of haikus as the main format. Haikus are a short form of poetry, originally from Japan. Traditionally, they consist of three phrases in a 5-7-5 pattern, containing a seasonal reference. They will be a good fit for the Living Light Blog. So the invitation to you all is to compose a creation-minded thought or observation in three lines, the first one with five syllables, the second one with seven syllables, the third with five syllables again.
Easy enough? Here are three examples.
 
Elderflower blossoms / 
captured in a spider's web /
dreams of stars and lace.
 
 BBQ tonight /
Will there be veggies? /
Zuchinis are great.
 
The heat burns outside /
“No AC”, says my green mind /
And welcomes the wind.
 
Inspired? Send your haikus to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or any other idea or thought, of course. We'll make sure it becomes part of Living Light in Summertime
Have a great summer! We look forward to hearing from you!