For many of us July and August are often quieter more relaxed months. Many of the groups and clubs that we belong to don’t meet, giving us time and space to hopefully enjoy sunny days and light evenings.

Many of us will have things to look forward to. For those who remember the long hot summer of 1976 we can just dream of a repeat. But maybe not everyone.

For those enjoying the school holidays the break from routine can be a good thing. Not being governed by the clock and a chance to escape the morning rush to get everyone out of the house in good time.

Some of us will have the opportunity to get away, perhaps visiting exotic places, while others will visit family and friends. Grandparents may get extra time with grandchildren, making memories together.

Not everyone can get away. There are a variety of reasons and circumstances that can prevent this. But we can all try to take time out of our busy schedules and find some time for ourselves. Doing something that we really enjoy, either with family and friends or maybe it’s the solitude that you crave.

Whatever it is that we do holidays and time off give us a change of routine, time to play, relax and reflect: to recharge. So often in the busyness of our regular routines we can neglect ourselves forgetting about the things that re-energise us.

Switching off can be a challenge: there always seems to be something calling for our attention. Always one more thing that needs to be done. I’m often heard to say ‘If I only had one more day’. Are we carrying too much?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about carrying too much Matthew 11:28:

If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give

you rest.

And he extends the invitation to us.

Revd Elaine Brightwell