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falling leaf

leaf patterns against the light

Misty trees

birds migrating

frost patterns on window

hands offering grapes





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 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 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 recognise your power-filled presence.
May we gain strength from this.

God of the harvest 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 birds flying 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.


Amen.

~by Joyce Rudd~
from her book May I Have This Dance?





chestnut tree growing through autumn leaves

sad young man

Father, Son, Grandson

Wheatfield

man sitting on suitcase at side of road

woman wrapped up warm

hand reaching out


 


Eternal Hope, by Kevin MacLeod,

released under a
Creative Commons: By Attribution licence.

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