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Autumn brings with it changes in weather, sending many of us indoors more regularly. We get to experience bright, sunny days that are often quickly followed by torrential rains, cooler temperatures, and even in late Autumn the first flakes of snow.

As we move to the interiors of homes and workplaces for refuge it’s also a good time to consider the interior of our hearts and minds.  God is present with us at all times, of course, but autumn invites a fresh look inside to see where God stirs.

As the leaves fall from the trees, we are prompted to watch their slow descent to the ground, seeing how at times, a burst of strong wind can blow off half the leaves from a tree in an instant. How well do we watch the movements of our spiritual lives and how often do we reflect on what the slow breezes or strong gusts of wind signal?


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.