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A Prayer for the Beginning of September

A Prayer for the Beginning of September

There’s something in the air – 

A coolness, a light breeze, leaves rustling

The scent of open fires and hot apple cider

All signaling a change

School busses, long-sleeved shirts, and warm drinks in hand

Children’s voices walking to school, cheers at football games, pumpkins to be picked

The turning of the season


Teach us to see you, Lord, in this changing

Open our hearts to the newness in our midst

Your presence in a light rain

Your voice in children’s laughter

Your love growing at the school pick-up line

Your renewal found in a sea of orange leaves


It’s the turning of the season

From light to darkness

From warmth to coolness

From green vibrancy to shades of brown, orange and red

The turning of our hearts

A chance to step forward 

Anew, in hope and joy


In this new season

Call us to sit in your presence

An early morning to ourselves

The reading of your Gospels

A candle lit

A walk through the woods

Moments relishing your Word and filling our hearts


This month of September ushers in the season of fall

Show us what it means to fall daily into you

To lay our doubts and fears at your feet

To relinquish control

To choose joy over frustration

Hope over despair

Love over anger

To see you in all that we do. 


There’s something in the air – 

Come, you tell us, 

I’m here, whispering your name

Calling you my children

Turn to me, over and over again

I am here

Always and forever


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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Lexiann Grant

I like this. A couple thoughts…
The opposite of Love is apathy, hate or dislike.
The opposite of Anger is peace or calm…

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