The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.
He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
Matthew 16: 1-3
Greetings in the Name of Christ!
God speaks to us through creation. Jesus spoke often in parables about the natural world. What questions or stirrings arise in you as the season moves to autumn?
I share with you a prayer by Sister Joyce Rupp. May her prayer speak to you; perhaps to the deeper parts within that are stirring but have no words to describe or explain. May her words cause you to ponder that God might be speaking to you and about what God might be saying. May her thoughts guide you to places you have not gone before or in a while. May you be guided to a deeper connection within and find God waiting and greeting you.
As a spiritual practice: Share the prayer with your circle, group, and/or family and invite each of you to share which stanza speaks to you most directly and why.
In Christ’s Light and Love,
Prayer for Autumn Days
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.