Blog #76: LivingLight in Summertime

June 30th, 2022
Brandy Bauer & Monika Weber-Fahr
Summertime is here!  Last week’s June 21st marked the summer solstice or midsummer.  Tomorrow, 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 in Vienna will be ticking slower than for the rest of the year.
Summertime is also an opportunity - indeed an invitation - to notice life around ourselves with more attention. Many of us take time out of our busy schedules, and if we are lucky 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. A perfect time, it seems, for reflecting on what God’s creation means to us..
This is the spirit of Living Light in Summertime: Instead of the regular blog, we want to invite our readers to share short observations on what they see and feel about creation or creation keeping as they go through the summer months.  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. 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 syllabi, the second one with seven syllabi, the third with five syllabi again. 
Will you join the team?  You can write just one three-liner, or put together several, telling a longer story.  Or you can send us a Haiku together with a text or picture.  To inspire us all, Brandy is giving us a head-start:

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Scents emanating /
From the array of flowers / 
In the garden. Wow. 

Bounding flowers bounce /
As if happy to see me /
As I stop to look.

Attached you will find /
Exactly that flowerbed /
That inspired me.

 
Inspired?  Do 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. 
Have a great summer! We look forward to hearing from you!