Our farewell to the season of summer was met Thursday with our Autumnal Equinox.
As autumn days are before us I wanted to share a prayer that I came across and thought you might like to make it one of your own. I am not sure of its author.
PRAYER FOR THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN
O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of seasons.
As we welcome the autumn months,
may the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest.
May the brilliant colors of the leaves
remind us of the wonder of your creation.
May the steam of our breath in the cool air
remind us that it is you who give us the breath of life.
May the harvest from the fields remind us of the abundance we have been
given and the bounty we are to share with others.
May the dying of summer’s spirit remind us of your great promise that death
is temporary and life is eternal.
We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.
We have strong scriptures to reflect upon this weekend.
Saint Paul’s advice for the young Timothy is also good advice for us seeking discipleship. Paul says that we, like Timothy, are to be filled with faith and love, gentleness and patience, and stand up for the truth. In our Gospel, Luke tells us the familiar parable of the rich man and poor Lazarus. Luke shares his concern that others (ourselves) show care for those found on the margins of life.
The prayer for autumn I see woven into the sacred texts before us. May we bring the Word of Life into our hearts and souls and be worthy disciples for the Lord.
Blessings to you and your loved ones,