Summer sounds


Tonight was a welcome break from the crushing humidity we have been experiencing. Sometimes when everyone is deep in sleep, I like to walk outside and look at the stars. At 12:30 this evening there was a surprisingly cool tinge in the air and the stars were bright. Can anyone tell me the planet that is extra easy to spot right now? The best part are the sounds; crickets and frogs singing in harmony,  a late night train rumbling through town, a strange howling far away. A sense of nostalgia washed over me, remembering how these sounds have always been there. When winter comes, they will die away until next year, to be replaced by brutal winter winds and the utter silence of the snowfall. I love all seasons, but there is something special about the sounds that play across the years of your life.


About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

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  1. Thanks for your latest post! The star is Venus.

    Some of the sound- actually, much of it here in the midwest – is from cicadas, those fat bodied, multi-winged creatures that make an almost electrical buzz, I guess by rubbing all those wings together! One cicada can make enough noise that it feels like a dozen. Sort of like Gideon with his mere 300 men, surrounding the thousands of marauding Midianites in the Valley of Jezreel. Following the instructions of the Lord, they were to get into three groups of 100 and stand on the high points around the valley. Each man had a trumpet, a torch and an empty pitcher. On the signal, they each blew their trumpet, broke their pitcher and held their torch high, shouting “For the Lord and for Gideon!” The noise must have echoed over that valley, with the torches looking like the front end of three attacking armies coming down on them. The Midianites stumbled out of sleep and began attacking one another!

    I guess we don’t always have to be in the majority to have our voices heard and to make an impact on our culture and the world at large. Hmm, we might do well to remember Gideon’s story at this point in our history!

    Blessings, Christa, and enjoy the lower humidity!

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