Dog Days of Summer

 July 2023

Dog Days of Summer
 
Growing up, we never really cared about the summer heat as much as we endure the temperatures when we get older.  I remember as a kid hearing the phrase, ‘dog days of summer’ to which I associated with picnics and hot dogs!  It made perfect sense.  In reality, it means something completely different that also makes perfect sense.

The phrase is a reference to Sirius, the Dog Star. During the “Dog Days” period, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth. Sirius is a part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog.

In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time as diÄ“s caniculārÄ“s, or “dog days.”

Thus, the term Dog Days of Summer came to mean the 20 days before and 20 days after this alignment of Sirius with the Sun—July 3 to August 11 each year.  (https://www.farmersalmanac.com/why-are-they-called-dog-days-of-summer-21705)

As we enjoy, or endure, the dog days of summer 2023, we know the temperatures are not a function of the additional heat coming Sirius; it comes from the position of the sun and the tilt of the earth.  So, when the days seem very warm and hotter than usual, remember the Day of Pentecost and that flame of the Holy Spirit upon you.  The Holy Spirit is not providing extra heat in the summer months but does provide for all things in our life; especially our eternal protection from harm.  Then and always, give thanks to God our Father for all He has done for us through His only Son, Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord.  I just makes perfect sense!

                        Yours in Christ,
                        Pastor Tony