August 2018

Dear loved ones in Christ,

Did you know that we are right now in the “dog days” of summer?  I have heard that phrase used a lot through the years, even on broadcasts of baseball games.  Usually the phrase refers to that part of the summer when the weather seems to be the hottest and human activity seems to be the slowest.  As I am writing this article the weather part of that assumption is certainly holding—hot and humid.  Yuck!

But the phrase “dog days” of summer really describe something other than heat, and it has nothing to do with dogs.  According to space.com, from early July through mid-August the Dog Star, Sirius, rises in conjunction (or nearly so) with the sun.  Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky and forms the tip of the nose of the constellation Canis Major, or the Greater Dog.  The ancient Greeks believed that when Sirius (the brightest star) rises with the sun the two combine their heat and thus make it the hottest time of the year.

Well, setting the beliefs of the ancient Greeks aside, to me the dog days of summer are more of that hot weather and slower moving stuff.  But as we all well know, summer is hardly a time to slow down.  It seems that summer time is the busiest time of the year with all the outdoor activities we try to cram in before the inevitable north winds begin to blow.

But for all the hurrying and scurrying we do, there is someone who is never too busy.  There is a children’s song written by Mark Pendergrass called “A Great Big God.”  The refrain of the song says, “You’re a great big God, a very busy God, but You take time for me.”

What a wonderful, peace-inspiring thought!  No matter how busy God is with all that He does, He still takes time for you and for me.  If you are lonely, He will sit with you.  If you are joyful, He will celebrate with you.  If you are ill or weak, He will be Your physician.  No matter what may fill your day with busyness, God is never too busy for you.

The website sermoncentral.com, posts the sermon of a Scoot Reeves who tells of the time he was driving home in lower Alabama one unseasonably hot day in mid-May.  As he was driving he notice a box turtle working his way across the hot pavement.  He steered his car so as to pass over the turtle.  But then he started wondering if the turtle was going to make it to the other side of the road before being run over or before boiling to death in his little shell.  Mr. Reeves turned around and again saw the turtle, which had made very little progress.  He stopped by the side of the road, got out of the car, picked up the turtle, and placed it in the cool grass on the side of the road in the direction the turtle was headed.

As Mr. Reeves turned around again and drove away he thought about the turtle some more, wondering what it thought as it was picked up off the hot pavement and set back down again in the cool grass.  Then he thought about himself and God, wondering what would have happened to him if God would have been too busy to turn aside, pick him up in His grace, and save him from certain death.  But God wasn’t too busy.  He stopped everything else to save one of His lowly creatures.

Even on the “dog days” of summer our busy God is not too busy for us.  Praise be to Him!

In His service and yours,

Pastor Fritsch