Monday, September 21, 2015
Autumn Loveliness . . .
O God of Autumn loveliness, we thank you for the many colors of our lives. We thank you for the rich hues of red, the promising hope of greens, the depth of the golds, and the well-worn browns.
We praise you for all of the life you have given us, the life we celebrate at this harvest time each year. Like the leaves of the trees, we ourselves have been blown around, toasted in the sun, and whipped by rain and storms. Yet, we stand as a testament to life well lived.
Your trees, O God, remind us of our letting go, our need to trust transformation, so that new life can come. Yet, like them, we resist the tearing, wrenching, pulling, and tugging. We cling earnestly to our color and our home!
Release us, God of the Autumn, and free us so that the wind of your Spirit can fling us to the places we most need to go. Bury us deep in places where we will find warmth. Help us to find ourselves grounded in you.
As we look around in this harvest time, we celebrate the bounty all around us and deep within us. May we be forever grateful for the plentitude! May we be forever generous with all that is ours. May we be forever willing to give of ourselves!
And as we journey towards this winter time, help us to always carry the spirit of springtime deep within us as a sign of hope!
We believe, O God of Transformation, that all of life is your belief and hope in us! Ready our hearts, steady our hearts that we can respond fully in faith and love!