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PRAYER FOR AUTUMN DAYS

God of the seasons, there is a time for everything, 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 coloured patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see these patterns, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always mystery and wonder in our lives. We need to recognise your power-filled presence. May we gain strength for this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for a harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep us 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 thank you. AMEN. (Sr. Joyce Rupp: OSM: Benedictine).