As we prepare for the transitions of August;
of routines becoming regular,
signs of schools beginning to emerge,
and traffic patterns getting heavier,
help us to appreciate the sacred rhythms in our lives.
Give us the wisdom to make out hearts be still,
much as the August wind is still,
so that we may listen to the gentle words you speak to us.
Help us understand that you alone are the source of every good gift,
of the vast array of our universe,
and the mystery of each human life.
And help us see that we are called to be good stewards of all that you have entrusted to us;
tending them faithfully and responsibly so they may ultimately be returned to you with increase.
In this month of August while a measure of summer's stillness remains,
speak to our hearts,
guide us in your Son's ways,
and through your Spirit, give us the strength to proclaim you justice and peace
in our everyday words and deeds.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.