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My Somber Longing for Summer

Dr. James L. Snyder

(04/14/18) My favorite time of the year is summer and I don't care what the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage says. Summer is what I live for especially here in Florida.

I don't like cold because I'm growing too old now to shiver properly. When it is cold and I am supposed to be shivering, I don't have the energy. I admit that I don't have the energy I had a few years back. Let's not talk about how many years back. Shivering now is really not part of my exercise program.

Another thing I don't like about being cold is having to wear sweaters and sometimes coats and hats and mittens. When it's really cold outside by the time I get dressed to go outside I'm either too tired to go outside or I can't remember why I wanted to go outside in the first place.

What I like about summer is that it is hot. I love hot, contrary to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Don't let this get around, but she doesn't like when the weather is hot outside. She complains and complains about how hot it is outside.

I remember one time she was complaining about how hot it was outside and I was sitting there smiling. I try not to let a smile break out on my face when she is complaining about something. This time, the smile broke out on my face and I could not control it.

"What are you," she said rather snarly, "smiling about now?"

As I was sitting there frowning and muttering to myself, my wife said, "So, what are you complaining about?"

"I'm just not happy," I said with a grimace all over my face, "about all this cold weather. I can't wait for summer to get here."

Of course, that did not set very well with her. She's from the state of New York and winter is her best time of the year. She likes snow, which of course doesn't happen here in Florida, for which I'm thankful. She loves the cold weather and revels in it and there are times, don't let this get around, that she rubs it in my face.

So, I'm sitting here trying not to shiver too much and drinking a very hot cup of coffee. My wife makes many things well, but nothing quite as well as hot coffee. What she doesn't realize is, as I'm drinking my hot coffee, I'm thinking of summer.

I'm not sure who was the first one who said it, but I think I agree with it, "Opposites attract." And nothing could be more opposite than my winter wife and her summer husband.

As I thought about this it came to me that the reason I appreciate summer so much is because of the winter. It is during the wintertime that I have this longing for the summer weather. If it wasn't for winter, I'm not sure I would appreciate summer as much as I do.

I like what James says about this. "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him" (James 1:12).

I must honestly confess I don't know how good I have it until I don't have it so good.

The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or e-mail The church web site is


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