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The past few falls my blog has included a prayer or poem about Autumn. I’ve decided to continue that tradition this year with a new prayer. Autumn can seem to bring a sense of nature slowing down and letting go, preparing for the coming winter. Perhaps we can read this prayer in a slow, meditative way, letting its words sink into our souls, and allowing God to have God’s way with us once again as we enter a new season fresh with possibilities. May we pay attention and listen deeply.


     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 night, 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.

                                                                                                                   Sr. Joyce Rupp


  • Ann Macpherson
    Posted October 1, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Lovely. Thanks for including me. Hope all is well with you and Dave. 😃🥰

    Sent from my iPad


  • Shelley Chambers
    Posted October 1, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Thank you Cherry, this is beautiful. I always love Joyce Rupp’s seasonal reflections. May you find all manner of sustenance in autumn’s bounty and beauty.

    Peace to you, Shelley

  • Joan
    Posted October 1, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    A beautiful and appropriate poem for this season and season of life.

  • Jenna Mangold
    Posted October 2, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Thanks you for sharing, Cherry. The part that resonated most was “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.” I don’t always know what should “ left behind” or “carried into the future”, but I will keep praying for the insight and vision.

  • Lee Williams
    Posted October 3, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Thank you for this timely and lovely prayer. It was just what needed.

  • ochiltreej
    Posted October 3, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Love this. Happy Fall 🍁🍂🎃🍁🌻🍅🍏🏈

    Sent from my iPhone


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