As I (Rev. Gail) write this from the cottage - I truly do realize how blessed I am to be near the water. On these hot and humid days, there is nothing more relaxing than going for a swim, or kayaking in the water.
Rob Fennell reminds us that being in or on the water can present us with a surprisingly wonderful opportunity to be aware of God's caring presence.
While I have been at the cottage, I (Rev. Gail) have found this spiritual practice very grounding.
If you can, go to a place that is near a body of water - a pool, a lake, a river.
Look out at the water for a few minutes, then take some time to slowly step into the water - you don't need to go deep.
Wade into it, allowing the water to refresh your feet.
Standing, or perhaps if you are more adventurous, floating in the water, take a slow deep breath inward, and bring to mind the gift of water.
Take another deep breath and dwell on the thought that from the waters of creation, God called forth all life ... including you!
In a third deep breath, remind yourself that from the waters of baptism, Jesus arose, blessing those around him.
When you have felt refreshed and blessed by the water, both in body and in soul, arise from it and be ready to be a blessing to others.
Give thanks to God for this moment, and ask for wisdom and courage to reach to others with joy and love.
Adapted from a resource by Rob Fennell, and used with permission