August is traditionally the month of sunshine, sand, sea and holidays.
We give praise and thanks to God for a time of refreshment and renewal. William Walsham How, 1823-1897, the Shropshire born hymn writer who became the first Bishop of Wakefield reminds us in his hymn about the joy of the summer sun.
Summer suns are glowing
over land and sea;
happy light is flowing
bountiful and free.
in the mellow rays;
all earth’s thousand voices
swell the psalm of praise.
The delight in being able to enjoy the sun has been a very important part of our faith. The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 136 that we should give thanks for everything that God has given us. Use these verses from the Psalm as a prayer which includes giving thanks for the sun.
Psalms 136 v1-9
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.
Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.
Who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.
Who made the great lights— His love endures forever.
The sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.
The moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.
Prayer about the sun
Wonderful Heavenly Father, when you created the world you gave us the sun.
It gives us light during the day, it gives us warmth, and it provides power.
We see in the sun a joy of your creation, an indication of how we can praise you in glory and delight, and an example of how we can use your power for the good of others.
May we be like the sun: bright and cheerful, a reason to rejoice, and a powerhouse for bringing your kingdom here on earth.
We bring these prayers to you as your faithful children.