Summer Session


I actually have a little boy in my church who loves to go to school.  He loves it, not just during the normal school year and normal school hours, but when there are after-school hours and summer classes! 


The young lad is a naturalist, embracing the world of plants and animals and all-things aquatic.  I differ in the respect that I pursue things that are much more literary, whether poetry, the 19th Century novel, or the drafting of a by-line – I could do it all day and every day for many days to come.


I would prefer to go about my business, though, in a world wherein summer is non-existent.  The blunt truth is that, unlike most of you, I just don’t get the allure of summer season.  I used to find refuge with my beloved Boston Red Sox, but not so much in recent years, with them having finally won the World Series and with having lost my beautiful mother who also loved them - Perhaps I need to get back to fabled Fenway Park, which is a kind of epiphany as to what heaven will actually look like.


The only other haven for me is an air-conditioned, hermetically-sealed domicile, preferably one that is filled with books to read and old movies to watch.  My wife, who is not as enamored with air-conditioning, and I can communicate via our cell-phones – Love knows no bounds; eh! 


Certainly not with God!  The psalmist writes, “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your Presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you, the night will shine like day, for darkness is as light to you” (Psalm 139.7-12).


I really have no wish to run and to hide from God. Why would I?  He sought me out, having sent His Son into the world.  Jesus, who is His Son and my Savior, endured the travesties that come with a Savior’s job description.  He cleansed me of my sin, continues to help me escape from the corruptions of this world, and entrusts me with the task of holding forth the Word of life before other similarly-challenged men and women.


I will gladly respond to His call upon my life – anytime and anywhere.  I am simply and profoundly grateful that there are others who share my call to ministry, as well as my desire to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but who are better qualified and much more-disposed to do so at such sun-drenched, heat-infested environs as the Jersey Shore that means so much to so many of you throughout this area – Enjoy the rest of summer!


Bradley E. Lacey

August 2017