Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks

We shared this prayer at a recent faculty meeting. I love it, and so I share it with you along with all good wishes for a blessed day!

A Prayer for Autumn Days
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 a 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 growing 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.

God of love, you enter into our autumn seasons, into our deepest places of inner dwelling, into the heart of our transformation. You give us a glimpses of the truth. May we allow our experience of autumn to speak to us of necessary change and growth. May we accept the invitation to reflect upon our own death. Grant us an openness to the continous process of letting go and moving on that is part of the human condition. We are grateful that you are a faithful companion on this journey. In Jesus name, Amen
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And, speaking of prayers, a dear friend was called out of town last night because her sister is in intensive care, in a coma. I know the family would appreciate prayers for this dear loved one. Her name is LaGayle.

Back to the kitchen for me.

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