This week was particularly beautiful with the cornucopia of Fall colors. Here in Ohio, the sunrises and sunsets have been daily masterpieces. The burst of harvest shades on the trees are at their peak and the aroma of cider, apples and pumpkins is everywhere. It’s such a banquet for the senses! Since the trees will be bare before we know it, Gus and I took advantage of the backdrop with an impromptu photo session this week:
Love my buddy!
And, don’t forget apple picking!
In her apple dress, of course.:) To celebrate this time, I wanted to share a prayer I ran across thanking the Masterpiece-Maker for such a spectacular season. I pray you are able to enjoy leaf piles, warm cider, and cozy Cosby sweaters! God bless you, friends.
Prayer for Autumn Days
Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM
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 goodbye 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 colored 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 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 vision.
God of flowers
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 this, we are grateful.