Lord, we are in what we call
The dog days of summer
When the heat is too much
For us to be able to do
Much of anything
And all we want to do
Is to laze around
Under a fan
Sipping cool drinks

During these days
I think of the time of creation
When you worked
For six days
And rested on the seventh
And I picture you
Sitting back in your
Adirondack chair
Sipping a cool drink

For you knew
The value of rest
But sometimes we don’t
Sometimes we think
That we are better than you
And we continue to work
Even after the time
When our bodies cry out
For a cool drink

Help us to learn
That we are only human
And that we need rest
For all kinds of reasons
During the summer heat
And even more after the stresses of this year
When we faced things we  never imagined
And we need to remind ourselves about
Cooling drinks

Not only will they cool our bodies
They will cool our tempers
As we take the time
To sit quietly and drink
As we take the time
Not to react
As we take the time
To be with you
Sipping our cool drinks together


Katherine Burgess was one of the contributors to A Child Laughs: Prayers of Justice and Hope. She also co-wrote a book of daily prayers with Neal Mathers. She is a second-career minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and serves two congregations in Québec. Despite her prayer about cool drinks, she prefers hot drinks year-round.

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2 thoughts on “Saturday Prayer – July 18th, 2020

  1. I also prefer the hot drinks! but the rest is a perennial challenge and always, always, always so valuable. (But do I learn from that?).


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