Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Prayers


If I really wanted to pray,
I'd tell you what I'd do.  I'd
go out into a great big field
alone or into a deep, deep
woods, and I'd look up into
the sky ~ up ~ up ~ up into
that lovely blue sky that looks
like there is no end to its 
blueness.  And then I'd just
feel a prayer.

~ L.M. Montgomery,
Anne of Green Gables




If Anne's definition of 
praying is true,
then I have done a lot of
it already, this summer.


When I take Gracie out
first thing in the morning,
head leaned back, eyes
closed, inhaling the 
sweet morning air,
this
is
prayer.


When I hug my teddy bear,
taller-than-I-am son and
smell that summer scent
of sunscreen mixed with
fresh air and sunshine,
am
feeling
a
prayer.


When I am in the garden
and pause to stretch and
admire the puffy white
clouds suspended in a sea
of blue, 
this
is
most definitely
a
prayer.

Summer, especially,
encourages this whole
being sort of prayer,
don't you think?


Each day seems to
deliver a new gift,
whether it's the scent
of honeysuckle on the
breeze, the splash of
a fish jumping in the
lake or the sight of
a mother duck waddling
across the road with
her babies in tow.


It's that first sip of iced
tea on a steamy afternoon,
the laughter of children
at the local beach or pool
and the deep purple of 
clematis blossoms twined 
up the side of a mailbox.


It's also crisp sheets on
hot nights, stars that you
can reach out and nearly 
touch, bird song at dawn, 
biking down a country road 
and ripe, fat peaches.


I think that Anne, such
a wise little soul, was
truly on to something.

Gifts and prayers.

Are you feeling them,
too?

xo
Suzanne







33 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

God has graced us with His creation and surprises by the season. I rejoice and PRAISE HIM every time I look out my window, walk down the street to see a new blossom or go to the lake and see the water....this is a prayer, and so is your grateful heart....
Anita

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Oh Suzanne, a beautiful reminder...stop take it all in and thank God for his beauty, and bounty.

I love to watch my squirts and birds out the window, to see the flowers blooming, to walk along the ocean and thank God for my family, for my life and friends.

Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Elizabeth

Whosyergurl said...

Suzanne,
Thank you for this beautiful post- reminding us what summer truly is.
Lovely.
xo, Cheryl

Sylvia said...

I am smiling with delight, dear Suzanne, because it seems we are on the same wavelength... I don't kneel down to pray, but I feel the prayer every day. I am amazed by the simple things of life and I don't take them for granted Summer helps me :) Thank you for the spiritual lesson!
Your pictures are filled with soul

paige said...

yes yes!!!! i do!!

so beautiful my friend , so beautiful
xo

michele said...

oh yes. prayer for me is not really an activity or hot air or rattling off a laundry list of burdens or requests. it's a place i go to meet God. i love that place so it's never like i have to rearrange stuff to make time for it. and the words just flow in that place.

beautiful thoughts and prayers here today, suzanne.

michele

Julie said...

Anne...the one whose words and energy filled the Green Gables til they just spilled over...one of my absolute FAVORITE movie trilogies. So full of herself. ~Yes, Suzanne, I think when we get out and breathe in what is REAL, and leave behind, if only for a brief moment, what is NOT...our souls begin to hum and that is what we feel...music rising up from our spirit as it feels a "kindred spirit" with what can only be a praise and a prayer to the ONE who made it all...Being in tune with something that nourishes what we really are.- (A SOUL, with a body wrapped around it.) ;-) Thankful for that body today that lets us see, smell, taste, hear, and touch all that you so beautifully described... and happy to let my inner spirit start humming along. {{hugs to you Suzanne!!!}}} Happy Summer to you and your family xoxo

Palomasea said...

Amen to everything dear friends have stated above...I love how Julie says to "breathe in what's real".
Dearest Suzanne, this post is so beautiful...a kind of prayer/poem...I have been feeling that daily gratitude is one of the best ways to pray.
I love your gorgeous images....how blessed I am to have so many wise and talented women share their nourishment for the soul...thank you!
Stay safe and cool, dear friend...
and enjoy the fairy tales ;))
Love and fairy dust,
- Irina

Tricia said...

The beauty of the everyday world around me definitely calls out to my soul. During the summer when I hear the birds sing, smell fresh flowers and feel the grass between my toes, I feel so much closer to God. xo

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH yes...sometimes the beauty of it all is overwhelming, and the prayer is part of just being. Your photos and writing are wonderful, Suzanne...the essence of summer!

Cindy said...

I love, Love, LOVE this post!! A great reminder to be thankful for the simple, beautiful things in life! Such a lovely list of things to be grateful for. I love your style and your big heart! Hope you are having a wonderful summer! xo Cindy

The enchanted home said...

Suzanne.....your posts often give me chills and make me smile. These posts are like a litlte gift and I cannot think of a better way for me to start my monring than having visited you! Thank you for pointing out that all those small things that we are all do without thinking, are in fact small gifts from God to be acknowledged and cherished. It IS those small things that are like prayers...you are so so right. And I can assure you as I do go through my day I will carry this post with me.
Thank you-

Farmgirl Paints said...

Amen to that beautiful post Suzanne. I agree just taking it all in and fully appreciating the gifts around us IS a prayer.

Biz said...

This was exactly what they were trying to teach us in a recent Mommy bible group.
When we become Moms sometimes we don't get the quiet time we used to have.
For some it can be a real blow and we/they wonder how they can reconnect with God and have that time with him.
We/they have to learn to do just what this post suggests. We have to find those moments when we feel God. In recognizing those moments we are recognizing our small prayers and gifts each and every day!

Thank you for helping drive this point home for me!!!

Big Hugs,

Biz

Mary Timmers said...

Suzanne, It's true. We don't always need words to pray. Just taking in God's glorious creation can be enough. In fact, we need to stop and do it more often. Thanks for the gentle reminder. Blessings to you. Oh, and what a handsome young man you have!

Tiffini said...

yes yes and yes!
just this morning the birdsong was extra loud. Don't know why..but I sure needed it.
you and i think so much alike sometimes. At least I know I'm not weird..or maybe we are;)
I too..feel each day. I notice moments like you.
You write so beautifully...happy 4th
xoxo

Susan T said...

Indeed I am. We went to pick up my daughter from the airport. All my prayers were answered when she appeared with a beaming, tanned little face full of joy. We hugged and cried. We are so lucky to be able to feel joy in our lives, may it never end.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Another beautiful and thoughtful post, Suzanne. Appreciation and gratitude for the beauty around us. That to me is prayer and thanking God. To see a hummingbird, a child laugh, beautiful food, lovely view, a pet in a happy home and so much more all of God's wonderful gifts. Prayers.
I have had lots of guests and been away a bit so I've been taking a little break from blogging. Hoping to post again next week. XO

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Absolutely...I want my entire life to be a prayer to the one who loves me so. Happy 4th, Suzanne.

Jemsmom said...

As always, your post moves me and makes me take a moment to think about what is important. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Have a wonderful 4th!!

Joanna said...

I am not religious, Suzanne, but from your description I too pray every day. There is such a lot to be thankful for.

x

nonizamboni said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely prayers. . .gentle reminders and great photos.

June said...

I'm definitely feeling them Suzanne. Most definitely! Each sentiment that you wrote I am luck enough to have in my life and oh how I'm grateful.
hugs...

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

That Anne.

Fondly,
Glenda

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Hi Suzanne,
I knew I'd find some beautiful insipration here-always do!
xo,
~R

Ivy Clad said...

I love Anne! How many times I've read L.M. Montgomery's books, I don't even know. Your summer sounds beautiful. Perfect as they come.

Cheers!
Keri

pretty pink tulips said...

Oh, I do, Suzanne. I'm thankful, I'm grateful, I'm blessed is my daily mantra.

And, I so enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

Hope you enjoy lots of those this week, Suzanne!
xoxo Elizabeth

Lisa at Shine Your Light said...

I love, love, love your perspective, always.
Around here it's a cool breeze, big blue hydrangea blossoms, new freckles from the summer sun on little faces. I am feeling those little gifts and prayers too, yes I am!!

One of my all time favorite books from my childhood - Anne of Green Gables. I need to go get it out of the library first thing tomorrow morning and read it again!

Hope you are enjoying the summer and those ever-growing-up munchkins of yours!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your gift of words....

Jeanie said...

Our thoughts are prayers and we are always praying. I know I am, too.

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Lili said...

There's so very much to be thankful for every single day and I love that you always have so much gratitude for all of your blessings that is evident in all of your beautiful posts. xo ~Lili