A Summer Prayer
Long warm days...
Lord, help me to rest awhile in the cooling
shade of your presence.
A Psalm of the Prophet Summer
O Sacred Creator of heaven and earth, like a loving parent with a choice Christmas gift,
You keep your present of paradise hidden away from our sight.
Your Son Jesus said that eye has not seen nor ear heard what you have dreamed up for us when we finally come home to you.
But I wonder: are their seasons in heaven just as there are on earth?
Or have you chosen one of earth’s four as your favorite, one unending, changeless season of bliss for those who love you?
If so, I’d bet that you selected summer, with its picnics and leisurely pace, with its fun and play and whole hearted zest.
I’d lay odds that you set apart summer, the season of vacations—children’s favorite free-time when both young and old drink in the enjoyment of life—to be the work-free environment of your heavenly paradise
May we, by your grace, taste your eternal Sabbath in the warm pleasures of summer days, and slowly savor the flavor of your reward in the nectar of summer nights.
(Edward Hays: Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim)
Gratitude for the Season of Summer
Blessed are you, O God of life. You created the season of Summer that fills us with the warmth of your radiant love. You give us this season of joy to refresh us with leisure and to give us long days to dream dreams that will inspire us to better serve your people. Praise to you, O God of love, for the gift of Summer.