In summer it seems that the weekdays just kind of flow into the weekends and everything runs together since EVERY day is like a weekend! I have to admit that during the school year, unfortunately, I am not a huge fan of Sundays. I really hate that, but the reality is that Sundays are always stressful to me because they are the last day of my weekend and I have so much to do to get ready for the next week. But during the summer I really love Sundays. I have lots of happy memories of Sundays growing up. I was thinking about all those things today and thought I would share a few.
Here are some of the things I love about Sundays:
In the service I go to, we sing lots of contemporary songs, so when we DO sing a hymn, it moves something in my heart. There are many times at home when I just sit down at the piano and get out my old Baptist Hymnal and play one hymn after another. I think the lyrics have such profound theology and they always take me back in my heart and mind. I think, "This was my Dad's favorite song", or "I remember singing this at Two Rivers Baptist in Nashville", etc. I love that I'm joining my heart and my voice with other believers that have sung these songs for hundreds of years!
I have many, many hymns that I love. Some of my favorites are Blessed Assurance, In The Garden, Victory In Jesus, Fairest Lord Jesus, It Is Well With My Soul, He Keeps Me Singing, This Is My Father's World, How Great Thou Art, When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, The Lily of the Valley, and My Jesus I Love Thee!
I remember walking into the house after church on Sunday welcomed by the smell of a Sunday pot roast! Or at my grandmother's house, we always had homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes, snapped beans, corn on the cob, sliced homegrown tomatoes, and green onions on a little side dish! There is nothing better than sitting down at the table with your family with a big Sunday spread!
Speaking of Sunday dinner, there is a wonderful book I have called A Return to Sunday Dinner by Russell Cronkhite.
This book is full of gorgeous pictures, family memories, and delicious recipes just like the ones I remember.
*Dressing in your Sunday best!
Do you remember when you would get all dressed up to go to church? Everything is so casual now. Lots of people even come to church in jeans (and really I'm okay with that! I know God doesn't care about your outward appearance, but your heart!) But when I was growing up, I remember my parents telling me that when you come to God's house, you bring Him your best! You would dress in your best to meet the President or the Queen of England, right? So why wouldn't you wear your best to meet God? So we always wore dresses, patent leather shoes, even gloves! I remember my mother putting Dippety-Do on my hair on Saturday nights and putting it in rollers so I would look cute for church the next day! I still like to dress up on Sundays!
Mmmmmm....there is no better sleeping than a nap in front of a Sunday afternoon football game or out on the porch on a lazy summer afternoon! Something about Sunday just begs for a nap!
*Sunday nights at church!
When I was little we had Training Union on Sunday nights. It was like Sunday School, but more casual. And church on Sunday nights was always fun. We sang lots of great songs and at the end of the service we would link arms across the aisles and sing, "There's A Sweet, Sweet Spirit In This Place." Then after church we'd have a watermelon bust or homemade ice cream on the grounds,
or we would go to Shoney's with a big group of people. When I was a teenager, we would go play putt-putt or go bowling or over to a friend's house. Sunday nights were the BEST!
Sundays are so different now than they were back in the day. Every store and restaurant in town stays open just like any other day of the week, you can still buy alcohol, and life just goes right on. But I am thankful that God set aside this day to be different and worshipful. Even with the stress of the week pressing in on me, Sundays always help me get perspective and begin my week putting my focus where it needs to be! That's what I love about Sundays!