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Thursday, October 15, 2015

An Autumn Prayer (in the Celtic Spirit)

In the autumn time
a morning bow ~
community of persons,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit ~

In the shortening of day,
the early hour of darkness,
In the Robin's farewell
and the sprouting of rye seed

In the planting of crocus,
the setting of leaf bud,
In the burrowing of toads
and the Milky Way's brightness

In this week's first frost,
the cool weather lettuce,
In the celebration of saints
and prayers for passed loved ones

In the windy leaf-swirl,
the securing of roots,
In the weaning of fawns
and the laziness of bees

In the appearance of mushrooms,
the silvered tremble of aspen,
In the abandonment of trees
and the opening of sky

In the decay of forest floor,
the fading of ferns,
In the washing of tools,
and the closing of the gate

Oh God of imagination, 
assurance and delight.


  1. From the forest floor to the stars in the sky, God's presence is everywhere. Thank you for this beautifully written Prayer.

  2. You bring to us God’s presence in creation, simplicity of living in harmony with creation, and awareness of the sacredness of all things. Let us praise God’s handiwork in nature. The challenge today, in a multi-cultural world, is to try to have an open heart, without pre-judgement. We are all created in God's image.

  3. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote: "Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush is afire with God."

  4. For all these nature things that bring God to me in their beauty, I pray that I might stop to take them in and gain appreciation for they gifts.