A Prayer for the Changing of the Seasons
Thursday Prayer: A Prayer for the Changing of the Seasons
Dear God of the Ages,
We confess that sometimes we are ungrateful. Let us take a moment to count our blessings and give you praise as the wheel of the year turns and the seasons change:
You are the Great Artist of the Cosmos and we praise you for the bright colors with which you paint the fall foliage. We rejoice in the bright crimson, burning orange, and blazing amber of the autumn leaves and the many hues of the sunset. We rejoice in the crisp crunch of the first frost and the smell of freshly baked pumpkin pies. Thank you for juicy apples and the laughter of children as they play in freshly fallen leaves.
We confess that sometimes we complain about the chill in the air, the shortening of the days, and the lengthening of the nights. We are uncomfortable with darkness, but we take comfort in the knowledge that you are present with us even on the bleakest night.
We give thanks for the harvest and for the food which fills our stomachs. Thank you for the ones who grow our food, for the hands that pick it, and people who place it on our table. Help us to be grateful every time we have a hearty meal to eat and a safe place to lay our heads at night.
O Gracious One, please put mercy in our hearts and help us a to remember those who are hungry, cold, and without shelter. May we share with them our bountiful harvest.
And, O Lord, if there should ever come a time in our lives when we are the ones who are without a roof over our heads, nourishing food in our stomachs, or safe place to sleep, may others show mercy on us as well.
We pray in Your Holy Name,
About the Author: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland is a visually-impaired, Filipino American pastor in the United Methodist Church. She is an ordained elder and serves two churches in Central Pennsylvania. She is the author of Through My Good Eye: A Memoir in Verse, The United Methodist Church and Disability, and Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace. She blogs about faith, books, and disability awareness at BeckieWrites.com
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