I love May. It takes me back to all those years of school when May meant the end of school was near. The darkness of winter was over and final papers were being turned in, final tests were being taken. In grade school, May meant more time outside, school movies and games as it seemed the teachers ran out of things to teach. I imagine they were looking forward to June as much as we were. In college it meant final tests and by the middle of the month you were moving out of your dorm or apartment. Eventually it meant you graduated. I remember the May I graduated from college. Two weeks before it happened I realized I didn’t want to graduate. I loved college, I wanted to keep going, but I had too many credits and they said no you are out of here. I suddenly realized how good I had it; graduation meant I had to get a real job! I didn’t though, I went to Seminary instead.
School does have to end, real jobs have to be taken and worked. Learning, on the other hand, never stops. That certainly applies to our spiritual life. We need to always be learning. May does not have to signal the end of our education. This summer will have many educational opportunities. Ted Ware will be teaching a Sunday Bible class that I encourage you to take part in. Vacation Bible School is also coming up in July. Maybe you are too old to be a student but you are not too old to teach or to help. The summer is also a good time to continue to read your Bible and do your devotions. In fact, summer is a good time to get a book from Concordia Publishing House to read. Just go to www.cph.org. It is the 500th year of the Reformation so there are many books concerning that topic. If it you read it in the summer you will be prepared for the 500th on October 31st. So don’t stop learning this summer, just learn something different.