A Summer Prayer & Novena Day 9

The Warmth of Summer Sun

Creator God
who breathed this world into being
who is discernible within
the harmony of nature,
the perfection of a butterfly’s wing,
the grandeur of a mountain range,
and the soaring eagle and humming bird,
thank you for this world
which you have created.
Thank you for summer sun
which reminds us
that your creative breath
is still alive and active.
Thank you for the warmth of your love
sustaining this world:
your garden.

Under the warmth
of the summer sun
the world awakes and blossoms
into every imaginable color.
You created a garden for us to enjoy
and within it planted
the most magical of flower and trees.
You needed no horticultural training
to plan your color scheme,
no gardening expert
to recommend variety or design.
Your garden is perfect
its colors harmonious
its scale immense
spoilt only by the clumsiness
of those who tend it.

Prayer © John Birch. Used with permission from The Pastoral Center
Pictures are from the St. Francis of Assisi Peace Garden taken this year.