Don’t overlook family’s spiritual health

By David Brown - Contributing columnist

”What happened to summer? It seemed like just a few days ago we were celebrating Memorial Day, and now today starts the three-day weekend of Labor Day.

Labor Day is the traditional end of summer and the tradition to fall and the rhythm of life changes. Children have returned to school excited about seeing their friends and teachers.

College freshmen start a new adventure as they start their educational journey sometimes for their first time living away from home. They will make new friends and experience a new community and culture. We look forward to football, soccer, volleyball games as we participate as players or as fans.

As adults, our rhythm of life also transforms from the carefree attitude of summer to the focus drive of fall. We concentrate on the harvest from our gardens and the preparation for the coming winter.

Some will explore or start expanding their academic education to meet the needs of an ever-changing workforce. They may attend night classes, online classes, and some will do apprenticeship programs.

This is also a time of the year for all of us to look not only at our academic education, but also at our spiritual education. The 15th of September is a national campaign for “Welcome Back to Church Sunday” — a time were congregations across the nation re-invite people to reconnect and return to church.

Many people will attend the church of their choice in person, and others will attend the worship via Facebook, YouTube, and the church website.

There are other options for you and your family to join to expand and enhance your spiritual knowledge. There are daily devotions, Bible studies, support groups of kinds, and even more offered to everyone.

Please take the time to invest in your family and your own spiritual development this fall.

Take time this weekend to celebrate the end of summer, the start of fall, and how you will not overlook your family’s spiritual health.

Have a great and safe Labor Day weekend.

David Brown is Pastor of the Sabina United Methodist Church.

This weekly column is provided to the News Journal on a monthly rotation basis by members of the Wilmington Area Ministerial Association.

By David Brown

Contributing columnist