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A Prayer for a New Month

A Prayer for a New Month

October –

you astound us with your beauty

you call us to marvel at color and light

to feel the chill of a night’s sky

to watch leaves fall and hope for what is to come. 


In October, 

nature knows what we need to learn – 

everything changes and falls

the world needs rest and renewal

the shortening of days is a gift 

lean into moments of calm

everything can be made new again. 


October – 

help us keep our eyes fixed 

on beauty

on hope

on renewal. 


This month, Lord, lead us to sit with change

to learn and grow from what must fall

to be open to the new thing being born.


This month, Lord, turn us to neighbors

sharing meals and laughter

song and prayer

holding one another’s burdens. 


Help us settle into the longer nights

resting our bodies

turning our fears to you

always looking to the rising sun. 


In this month and the ones to come

give us your presence

in the blazing beauty of your creation. 



Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website, follow her work on Facebook, or sign up for her monthly newsletter.



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