Under the RE Tree


This Sunday, July 26th, Sarah will be leading worship. Please see the worship description… how often do we get to talk about the book of Revelation? Wow!! Afterward, let’s continue joining in the coffee hour chat groups rather than splitting off – we’ll resume RE Family Sunday Check-ins in the fall.

Something that really touched me this week… from Rev Traci Smith’s “Treasure Box Tuesday” weekly e-blast – a virtual choir of over 17,000 voices singing “Sing Gently“. This is magical! CLICK HERE!

The LINCOLN FOOD PANTRY NEEDS OUR HELP! They – and we – are in this for the long haul. There are two distribution weeks each month, serving over 250 people. During the non-distribution weeks, general items are always welcome (there is a “permanent” list on the SignUp Genius). Right before distribution weeks, the Food Pantry lets us know which items they are short on and the SignUp Genius is updated and shared so folks know exactly what to purchase. The list is always on the FPL website (https://www.fplincoln.org/community-engagement/). CLICK HERE for the SignUp Genius.

Weekly Prayer for Bedtime – Bed in Summer

The daylight lingers as I rest,
The bird still restless in its nest.
I hear the last notes of the lark,
As I watch the coming of the dark.
Bless me as I dream and wake,
Through the night and at daybreak.

This prayer was inspired by one of my favorite poems, “Bed in Summer” (below), by Robert Louis Stevenson; which perfectly captures what we experience, what we observe as we hurtle through space around our glorious star. My “Child’s Garden of Verses” was well thumbed, the pages with this poem were dog eared.

When my children were younger – 16 and 19 feel so old and mature to them, I’m still holding out!), and I’d be tucking them into bed before their rooms were quite dark, I would ask if they wanted to keep their blinds open, “…to watch the darkness come.”* It was a calculated move on my part – to have them meditate on the gloaming into sleep, to deeply connect with the rhythms of the Earth; to have them observe the changes in light at different times of year, to both feel and understand the workings of our solar system; to link both of these with reverence and awe, to connect to the Spirit. Science and Spirit intertwine so beautifully – just because we know why or how something occurs doesn’t lessen the miracle of it’s being.

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

(* Pro Tip – if you leave the blinds open at bedtime, tip-toe in to close them before you go to bed; or you’ll be up with the sun at 5am… which is fun once in a while, but makes for challenging parenting on a daily basis.)
(Master Class – if your child sucks his/her thumb, and it’s time to stop, tell them it’s perfectly fine to put their thumb in their mouth after they’re ready for bed, hands washed, when it’s dark… use the lengthening days to begin limiting thumb-time… a winter to spring thing)

May we all enjoy the beautiful light of summer.

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