Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hump Day Prayer . . . Autumn

Now that my computer is better my thoughts have begun to ponder autumn's arrival. Fall officially started the past Saturday and yesterday morning here in north Texas the temperature was in the fifties. The time of changing leaves and harvest, of pumpkins and gourds, of enjoying windy afternoons and frosty evenings has arrived. I find it difficult to not think of God as I watch the wondrous changes that we see during this beautiful season.

A Prayer for Autumn Days
God of the seasons,
there is a time for everything;
there is a time for dying and a time for rising.
We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn,
the trees are saying good-bye to their green,
letting go of what has been.
We, too, have our moments of surrender,
with all their insecurity and risk.
Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves
lying in coloured patterns on the ground,
our lives have their own patterns.
As we see the patterns of our own growth,
may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights,
there is always the dimension of mystery
and wonder in our lives.
We always need to recognize your power-filled presence.
May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain,
many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender.
We must wait for the harvest in faith and hope.
Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season,
your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind
and what needs to be carried into the future.
We yearn for insight and wisdom.

God of flower touched with frost
and windows wearing white designs,
may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life,
you believe in us,
you enrich us,
you entrust us with the freedom to choose life.
For all of this we are grateful.

Glory be, as Autumn teaches,
to our Creator and source of life now and forever.

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