Blessing of Fall


The season of fall is upon us. For me, it’s a time to witness great beauty as I watch the trees dress themselves in reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. At the same time, fall brings something that I have never really gotten comfortable with, change. It’s a time of transition. I know that change can be a good thing as I remember the promise in Ecclesiastes that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. I can’t always see what’s around the next bend, but it’s a comfort to remember that God is already there.

I recently found the following poem that speaks to many of the challenges that fall may symbolically represent for some of us. It’s in the form of a prayer, and I think I will find myself lifting it often … finding inspiration in its images. I hope it does the same for you.

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.
Have a blessed autumn.


Last Published: October 3, 2019 2:00 PM
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