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posted May 23, 2012, 9:55 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]

"In the Good Old Summertime” has been a popular song ever since it came out as a big hit in 1902. Most people can probably hum a few bars of the tune, and the phrase ‘good old summertime’ has become a cliché. However, most people do not know most of the words. When I googled the song and read the lyrics, the words were not at all familiar to me. But it is a pleasant little song, and because the whole song is not well known, I decided to include it all here:

There's a time in each year; that we always hold dear,
Good old summer time;
With the birds and the trees'es; And sweet scented breezes,
Good old summer time,
When your day's work is over; Then you are in clover,
And life is one beautiful rhyme,
No trouble annoying, Each one is enjoying; The good old summer time.
In the good old summer time, In the good old summer time,
Strolling thru' a shady lane; With your baby mine.
You hold her hand and she holds yours, And that's a very good sign
That she's your tootsie wootsie
In the good, old summer time.
To swim in the pool, You play "hooky" from school
Good old summer time;
You play "ring-a rosie"; With Jim, Kate and Josie,
Good old summer time,
Those days full of pleasure; We now fondly treasure,
When we never thought it a crime, to steal cherries,
With faces brown as berries,
Good old summer time.

There is no mistaking the message: summer is the best part of the year and there is more time for everything. The days are a pleasure, the breezes are sweet, and there is plenty of time for swimming, playing outside, or strolling through a shady lane with your tootsie wootsie.

But do remember one thing in the ‘good old summer-time’ this year. As you are treasuring “those days full of pleasure,” do not forget to give thanks to the One who gives such pleasure, who created that good old summertime in the first place; the One who has given you your life and the days to enjoy such a wonderful time. It happens all too often that the more God blesses us, the more likely we are to neglect him. That is what usually happens in the summer at church. It is in summer, that time of year that Minnesota is most richly blessed by God, that God is neglected and worshipped least of all.

Enjoy your summer, but do remember to give God your thanks and praise-- and it is the Sunday morning worship in which you are most likely to do that.

Deuteronomy 8:10,11a: “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands...”

Exodus 20:8: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”