The Gifts of Autumn…

Already almost the end of October? And yet, it is just within this past week that fall has truly been in the air. Crisp leaves falling onto sidewalks, cooling temperatures at night, a hint of frost on windowpanes and cars in the morning…autumn in all its glory has finally gifted itself to us and all too soon it will be swept away by the winds…both of winter and the holiday season. With only nine (yikes!) Fridays left until Christmas, all too soon the beauty of this time of year will be lost amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday lights.

So, on this October Monday, I invite each of you to pause for just a moment and admire all the gifts of fall. A blue sky peeking through your office window. A breeze rustling your hair as you hurry to school drop off or pick up. A cup of ( of course) Pumpkin Spice Latte from your favorite coffee shop. Potted pansies and mums on front porches, pumpkins perched on lattices and windowsills, the scent of cinnamon and spice in the air.  Trees: crimson, golden, apricot and tangerine ; their leaves falling and drifting into piles at your feet. Scarecrows peeking out of front lawns or gardens…all the beauty of the season is everywhere, if we all just take a moment to pause and look around.

Today, I encourage each of my readers to stop, pause and breathe in all the beauty that surrounds us during this autumn season. Remember, it would not be made possible without God and His presence in our lives. And I invite you to pray with me, to offer thanks for the gifs of Autumn and to truly be grateful for this most beautiful time of year.

God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn.
We thank you
for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy,
for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist,
for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,
for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,
for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,
for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,
for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life.
God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.

Amen.

http://www.marquette.edu/faith/prayer-autumn.php

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