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There’s a change in the air that hints of fall
mornings are cooler and the light is shifting
with sharper angles as the sun moves south.

The harvest in my garden is plentiful,
plump ripe tomatoes, warm off the vine
the deepest red, no other tomato this sweet.

The flowers fragrant, the sunflowers
rising high above all the rest,
their yellow blooms of joy.

This week has been full as well.
A week of prayer with my sisters and brothers
Muslim, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian,
Episcopalian, Buddhist, all praying
for an end to gun violence.

Not only an end to gun violence –
we need to end the divisiveness
fueled by fear and anxiety and
inflamed by the many systems
of oppression and suppression
that have long been the backbone
of this country.

We, each of us, needs to find the capacity
to be the solid, clear thinking, stable
source of kindness, compassion, and logic,
to hold dear the values of our faiths –
that God is peace
that God is love
that we are made
in God’s image
to bring peace
and to be love.

I know that I am living
as God desires,
when I strive
to bring peace
and love others
as God loves.

A change is in the air.
It may just be autumn coming.
I pray it brings relief.

May it be a change
for peace and love
for all humankind.

The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.

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