received this prayer in an e-mail from Ken Carter, one of the folks I was with on my June 2008 writing workshop at the Collegeville Institute. I think it quite wonderfully encapsulates what we all wish, hope, pray that the summer season could be.
A Summer PrayerO God of every time and season we give thanks for rhythms of work and rest for places apart that mark our years for the eternal return of ocean waves for the defiant posture of mountains for the hiddenness of favorite coves for pilgrimages made and then homecomings. O God, in this season we are grateful for sanity regained for blessings discovered for those who return to us and for those who leave. Teach us, God of wonder and creation that your presence is woven into the comings and goings of our lives and having fled to our own lonely places let us return, with Jesus to live and work to heal and pray to worship and love. Amen.
Dr. Kenneth Carter is the senior pastor at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.