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Written by Peter Langbroek
It's summer time. Far away, near a quiet lake, is a rustic cabin. Inside the cabin it's quiet. But look, a light is now on. Listen, the floorboard creaks; one creak is louder than the other as a taller silhouette and a smaller silhouette walk quietly toward the door. The front door opens. It squeaks close as a father and son walk across the porch and onto the dew drenched grass.

Both look at the lake, admiring the white mist, and the reflection of the moon shimmering on the lake. Both look up. The boy has never seen so many stars in the clean air of northern Ontario.

The boy and his father walk toward the wharf. You can now see that they're carrying two rods and a tackle box. The father gets in his boat, fires the motor, and they're off, somewhere between the pines and rocks. Both are quiet, as they watch the sky's darkness fade while the rising ball of sun rises majestically above the horizon.

The father shuts off the engine. Both hear the loon call clearly. They see him swim out of the rising mist, leaving a tiny wake with its paddling feet.

"It's time to catch us a big pike, son," Dad says. Soon, you can hear the wheeze of the swinging fishing lines and two small plops, metres from the boat.

Reading this, who is not looking forward to summer holidays. Summer can give us happy experiences. There are those carefree days when everyone seems unrushed, when families spend more time together, and when there are new places to be explored.

Often, these places are away from the big cities, from the traffic, at a lake near Peterborough, Ontario, perhaps. There are no more teachers there and no more books. Or are there?

Boys and girls, there is one book that can be read clearly on your holidays. This book has three pages: Page #1 - the sky; Page # 2 - the water; Page #3 - the earth and everything living on it.

Are you reading it? This summer, I challenge you to study it, for they will teach you something very important: the glory of God.

Psalm 19:1-3 tells you: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech or language, where their voice is not heard."

God's glory surrounds us every day and night to be heard and seen. Take time, I urge you, to read His handiwork carefully. But never forget your Bible, for to read His handiwork, we need His Word.

Listen! Back at the cabin, on the porch, while the sun is setting, are Mom, Dad, son, and daughter. Dad is reading: "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether" (Psalm 19: 7-9).

In God's Word we learn about our sins; we learn about Jesus who came to save sinners, and we ask God to make our words and thoughts pleasing in His sight.

God's works and words are our books to read. May God bless your reading this summer.

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