From dawn to dusk, summer is ablaze with rejoicing. Purple morning glories open to welcome the sun; lightning bugs flash like tiny firecrackers celebrating the end of another day.
Walking beside a favorite creek, I witness the daily festival: the monarch butterflies dance through wildflowers, bushes overflowing with ripe red raspberries, turquoise dragonfly wings whirling over water. Rejoice and be glad! Summer’s invitation calls me to dance and splash, my spirit leaps with delight in the glory and fullness of life.
I recall Saint Francis of Assisi’s joyful Canticle of the Sun, “All praise be yours, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.”