Prayer for June 2019
As I sit in our study to write this prayer, I am struck by all the things we need to be thankful for, day by day, but many of them become commonplace and maybe we need to stop and pause to reflect and to offer up a word of thanks to our God.It is evening and I am looking out on ours and neighbours’ gardens that have bloomed beautifully as a result of the recent warm and sunny weather. Now the spring flowers are fading and summer blooms are taking their place.It seems an appropriate time to recall a poem-prayer by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
For flowers that bloom about our feet;For tender grass, so fresh and sweet;For song of bird and hum of bee;For all things fair we hear or seeFather in heaven, we thank Thee!For blue of stream, for blue of sky;For pleasant shade of branches high;For fragrant air and cooling breeze;For beauty of the blowing breeze –Father in heaven, we thank Thee!For mother-love, for father-care;For brothers strong and sisters fair;For love at home and school each day;For guidance lest we go astray –Father in heaven, we thank Thee!For Thy dear everlasting arms,That bear us o’er all ills and harms;For blessed words of long ago,That help us now Thy will to know –Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
And remember those children especially whose experience is very different to this sketch by Emerson. Amen