What does June mean for you? Summer is a comin’

What does June mean for you? Summer is a comin’

Written in the Middle English of the 1200s: “Sumer is icumen in, lhude sing cuccu. Groweþ sed and bloweþ med and springþ þe wde nu. Sing cuccu.”

This translates to: Summer is a coming in, loudly sing cuckoo! Growing seed and blooming meadow and leafing are woods now. Sing cuckoo.” The song continues with ewes, lambs, cows, calves, bulls, and stags.

Perhaps we’d prefer Nat King Cole’s rendition of “Summer is A-Comin’ In.” There’s a cuckoo, robin, a man fishing with worms, children’s laughter at being out of school, and the splendor of June air.

For many, Summer includes hiking, vacation, family, road trips, outdoor concerts, shorter clothing, camping, pools, beach, ice cream, popsicles, watermelon, and more.

June is when local strawberries, rhubarb, cherries, blackberries, red raspberries, apples, and pears can all be enjoyed again. This month we can also delight in nearby asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, potatoes, radishes, salad greens, and squash.

Song and sustenance derive from this extravagance of sunlight that lifts our spirits, feeds our souls, and enlivens us. Ancient people honored this month’s longest day of the year or solstice.

In Egypt it corresponded with the Nile’s flooding that left silt for farming. The Sphinx and two pyramids are aligned to the solstice. That alignment is also in Malta’s Mnajdra Temple, England’s Stonehenge, Wales’ Bryn Celli Ddu burial chamber, Wyoming’s Bighorn Medicine Wheel, Mexico’s Chichen Itza pyramid, and Peru’s Sun Temple.

The ancients discovered and set in stone the intimate relationship of sun and earth, light and life, the celestial and terrestrial. Planting and harvesting cycles, seasons, and calendars grew from there.

  • What are you building around your source of light and life?
  • What are you planting and harvesting?
  • Where are you growing?
  • What gifts are you celebrating?
  • With whom are you sharing…and singing?


Rev. Dr. Sybrant serves at Murray Hills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For more info, visit us at 15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton.

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