The Dog Days of Summer are Upon Us. . . . .
I have heard that many times in my life, but haven’t ever given it much thought before. Now with the internet, we can look up the meaning and origin of nearly any saying. Of course, we must remember that not everything found on the internet is accurate or true. So rather than surfing, I first turned to the good old Webster’s Dictionary to see what I might find out about the Dog Days of Summer.
Webster defines the Dog Days of Summer as 1) the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer occurs in the northern hemisphere, and 2) a period of stagnation or inactivity.
One web site states that the brightest star in the night sky is Sirius, the dog star, which is part of the constellation Canis Major, “the big dog.” During late July, Sirius rises in conjunction with the sun. The ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after that dog star.
I doubt very much whether Sirius is to blame for the hot dry weather we have been having this summer. But I do know that in the midst of the dog days of summer we at Green Mountain have NOT been stagnant or in a period of inactivity. Sure, some of our programming activity has been suspended as people are in and out of town because of summer activities, but that does not mean that we are inactive. In fact the various working committees of the church have continued to meet and plan for the fall programs and the ongoing work of ministry. Steve, Kelli and Alex have continued to have programs for children, youth and adults. Our music ministers have been planning for the fall kick-off and how to enhance our worship with music. We continue to collect food and school supplies for The Action Center and Project Angel Heart. We have and will continue to participate in work days for the Habitat for Humanity house that we are building with our West Metro Partners. Our Volunteers in Mission will work hard to help people rebuild their lives in Puerto Rico. And there is more!
Maybe the Dog Days will continue , but they are certainly not inactive days for us. We will continue to be about the work of ministry that has been given us as we serve our community and world.
Peace, shalom, heiwa, salaam, paix,