A local cat, in a summer mood (Photo: Irene Bom)
When Nancy L. Agneberg mentioned A summer prayer by Joyce Rupp in a recent Monk in the World guest post on ‘Summer Spirituality’, I was intrigued. I managed to find the prayer in full on Nancy’s own blog, in a post dating back to 2015.
I commend both Joyce Rupp’s prayer and Nancy’s reflections, as you give God space and opportunity to minister to you through summer’s unique gifts and challenges.
A Summer Prayer
by Joyce Rupp
May you breathe in the beauty of summer
with its power of transformation.
May this beauty permeate all that feels un-beautiful in you.
May the God of summer give us beauty.
May you seek and find spaces of repose
during these summer months.
May these moments refresh and restore
the tired places within you.
May the God of summer give us rest.
May you be open to times of celebration and recreation
that are so much a part of summer.
May you find happiness in these times of play and leisure.
May the God of summer give us joy.
May your eyes see the wonders of summer’s colors.
May these colors delight you
and entice you into contemplation and joy.
May the God of summer give us inner light.
May you feel energy of summer rains penetrating thirsty gardens,
golf courses, lawns and farmlands.
May these rains remind you that your inner thirst needs quenching.
May your inner self be refreshed, restored, and renewed.
May the God of summer give us what we need for healing.
May you savor fresh produce that comes to your table
and enjoy the fruits of summer’s bounty.
May the God of summer give us a sense of satisfaction
in the works of our hands.
May you find shelter
when the stormy skies of summer threaten your safety.
May the God of summer give us shelter
when inner storms threaten our peace of mind and heart.
May you enjoy the unexpected and find surprises of beauty and
happiness as you travel the roads on summer vacation.
May the God of summer lead us to amazing discoveries
as we travel the inner roads of our soul as well.
from The Circle of Life, The Heart’s Journey Through the Seasons by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr
To learn more about Joyce Rupp, visit her website.