In today’s society, we are bombarded with flashing images of cool gadgets, smart phones and the notion that buying these things will make us happy. We are encouraged to buy our children every toy from every television commercial because the world wants us to believe that you must have material things to be happy. However, as spiritual beings, we know that true happiness only comes when you nurture your soul first.
So, summertime for the believing family should naturally be about disconnecting from most of the things that drain us throughout the year so that we can watch our families grow. We can see children who may have been shy at school suddenly blossom into outdoor social butterflies. Some children may learn to ride bikes while others may gain confidence in themselves through activities like martial arts. And yet some children may flourish in education when we get out there and take them to the library. The family as a unit grows together when they take vacations or trips to places they have never seen before.
These summer experiences produce great life lessons that families give their children so that they can grow up feeling loved and cared for. After all, there is no feeling on this earth like the feeling a child has when he or she fully believes that their parents love and care for them. Isn’t this the feeling we get from our heavenly Father? Why do we believe that HaShem loves us? Because He shows and tells us everyday. He nurtures our souls and constantly provides for us everyday of our lives. He is never too busy for us. And for that, we are so very grateful. This is how our children view us when we take out time from our busy schedules to nurture them up in the ways of the Lord. I pray that we all be righteous stewards of our time this Summer as we are given more uninterrupted opportunities to spend one on one time with our children and families. Have a wonderful summer!
Rebbetzin Keturah Malinconico is wife to Rabbi Yehezqel Malinconico of Congregation Melech Yisrael, Canada’s oldest Messianic Synagogue, which is located right within the heart of Jewish Toronto, ON. Rebbetzin Keturah is a blogger, graphics designer and photographer and loves a good plot. When she is not teaching the women at shul or taking photos, she enjoys crafting, DIY projects, knitting and crocheting or catching a good movie. To find out more about Congregation Melech Yisrael, you can visit www.cmy.on.ca.