Japanese maple leaves

Divine One,
I sing an “Alleluia!”
to the frailty
the glory
the richness of color
in a gasp of glory.
O Holy One,
in these leaves we see
your Divine creative spark,
and a reminder that we are frail and failing.

In seasons of drabness,
in moments of weakness,
in longing for warmth
and hope
and peace,
may we see you,
may we know you,
may we renew our hearts and minds
and prepare to bud forth
with an “Alleluia!”
again and again.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists, and Assistant Minister at Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, MD. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan despite living with her family live outside Washington, DC.

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