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A Prayer for the Beginning of November

A Prayer for the Beginning of November


Be with us, Lord, as we enter a new month

we see the turn of the calendar page 

we are met with new schedules

a long list of to-do’s

and the upcoming holiday season

give us a moment to breathe and reflect

to open ourselves to the possibilities ahead.


But before we move forward, 

be with us, Lord, as we look back

remembering the days behind us 

the lessons learned

the relationships formed

the conversations shared

the food received and eaten around the table

the prayers offered

the classes attended

the meetings scheduled

the games and practices and rehearsals completed

give us a moment to breathe and reflect

to open ourselves to your presence in all that we do.


November has much to teach us

in the stripping of the leaves

and the changing of the seasons

November reminds us that we are not alone

as we recognize the saints among us

feasting at our tables

dancing in our aisles

singing to the heavens

give us a moment to breathe and reflect

to open ourselves to the connections between this world and the next.


With the shorter days

and the darkness growing

we seek your light in all that we do

and in all that we say

offering your peace and hope

to those stumbling for healing and grace

to the neighbor in need of a listening ear

to the friend seeking forgiveness

and a world in need of peace

give us a moment to breathe and reflect

to open ourselves to the wideness of your mercy. 


Be with us Lord

now and forever

this month and the next

day after day

walking and guiding us

loving and calling us

showing us the way.



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 or follow her work on Facebook.  


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