A Prayer for the Summer

VICAR

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and, especially if You are English, that You are for once enjoying the football!

This week I would like to thank God for the summer.

Please today or in coming days just go and sit outside for a few minutes in a park or in a field and work out where You are in Your life. Work out where You stand with God. Are You pleasing or displeasing him? Good luck with this challenge.

I wish You a pleasant Sunday and a brilliant week ahead. God Bless You all.

Loving God, Creator of all times and places, we thank you for the gift of summertime, the days of light, warmth and leisure.

Thank you for the beauty that surrounds us everywhere we look: the multi-coloured flowers, the deep blue of the sky, the tranquil surface of lakes, the laughter of children at play, people strolling in parks, families gathered around picnic tables and the more time to spend with family and friends.

As we open our eyes and ears to the landscape of nature and people, open our hearts to receive all as gift. Give us that insight to see you as the Divine Artist. Help us to realise and appreciate that you are labouring to keep all in existence. Warm our souls with the awareness of your presence.

Let all the gifts we enjoy this summer deepen our awareness of your love so that we may share this with others and enjoy a summertime of re-creation.

Amen