4 New Prayers for Spring

How to welcome the season of renewed hope and lifted spirits.

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Prayers for spring

The harder winter is, the more we welcome spring. Whatever temperature, whatever the weather is where you live, spring is an annual reminder that God makes everything beautiful in its time (see Ecclesiastes 3:11).

The coming of spring lifts our spirits and renews our hope. What better way to mark its coming than with some of these prayers:

1)  A Prayer of John Newton, slightly revised

Lord, afford a spring to me, 
Let me feel like what I see; 
Speak, and by your gracious voice, 
Make my drooping soul rejoice. 

On your garden deign to smile,
Raise the plants, enrich the soil;
Soon your presence will restore
Life to what seemed dead before.

(from a hymn by John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace”)

2)  A Canticle in Spring

Sun and cloud, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord.
Flower and weed, bless the Lord.
Breeze and bird, bless the Lord.
Mist and meadow, bless the Lord.
Sunrise and sunset, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord.

(by the author)

3)  A Hymn for Spring

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, 
O Thou of God and man the Son, 
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, 
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown. 

Fair is the snowfall, fairer still the snowmelt, 
That heralds all the joys of spring; 
Jesus, you're fairer, Jesus, you're purer, 
You make the woeful heart to sing. 

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, 
And all the twinkling starry host; 
You, Lord, shine brighter, you shine far purer 
Than all the angels heaven can boast. 

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly, 
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee; 
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer, 
Than you, my Savior, are to me. 

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! 
Son of God and Son of Man! 
Glory and honor, praise, adoration, 
Now and forever more be Thine.

(author unknown)

4)  A Psalm for Spring

How many are Your works, Lord!
    In wisdom You made them all;
You make springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.
You water the mountains from Your upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of Your work.
You make grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.
The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that You planted.
There the birds make their nests;
    the stork has its home in the junipers.
How many are Your works, Lord!
    In wisdom You made them all.

(Psalm 104:24, 10-17, 24, slightly revised from the NIV).

What prayer is on your heart at the coming of spring

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