Slow Down and Savor the Season of Fall

A prayer to help you contemplate the transformative wonders of autumn.

Posted in , Sep 27, 2016

A prayer for autumn to slow down and appreciate the season.

Autumn is officially here and I couldn’t be happier–it’s my favorite season. (Candy corn, pecan pie, Mallomars…what could be better?)

Usually, though, I’m so busy going from one thing to the next that I blink and autumn’s over, replaced by lots of snow and giant, puffy winter coats.

Luckily, one of my Guideposts colleagues shared this autumn prayer from Sr. Joyce Rupp. It’s the perfect reminder to take time to sit back and contemplate the transformative wonders of autumn:

A Prayer for Autumn Days
By Joyce Rupp

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.


Taken from May I Have This Dance? published by Ave Maria Press. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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