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A Prayer for Early Autumn

A Prayer for Early Autumn

O Glorious, Creating God, 

we thank You for being our companion 

through the seasons of life, 

and we praise and bless You forever!

You are our hope, 

   which buds within our hearts like a sapling tree.

You are the green joy that springs up 

   from the soil of our hearts and takes root, 

   blessing us and holding us fast.

You are the lustrous light of faithfulness: 

   you call us to turn to You 

   as flowers crane their necks to the sun.

You are the song of praise 

   that sings from the symphony of color 

   of autumn forests and fields.

You are our warming fire, 

   that sets our embered souls ablaze 

   through the breath of your Spirit.

Open our eyes to see your dazzling glory, O Creator, 

   and open our hearts to nurture your Word and Truth.

Hear the prayers 

   that tumble from our hearts like fallen leaves, 

and gather in your arms those we now name.

Amen.

The Rev. Leslie Scoopmire is a writer, musician, and a priest in the Diocese of Missouri. She is priest-in-charge of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Ellisville, MO.  She posts daily prayers at her blog Abiding In Hope, and collects spiritual writings and images at Poems, Psalms, and Prayers.

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