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Turning and Returning

 

“Eternal One who circles the seasons with ease, teach me about Earth’s natural cycle of turning from one season to another.  Remind me often of how she opens herself to the dying and rising rotations, the coming and the going of each of the four seasons.  Open me today to the teachings of the season of autumn.

When I accept only the beautiful and reject the tattered, torn parts of who I am, when I treat things that are falling apart as my enemies, walk me among the dying leaves, let them tell me about their power to energize Earth’s soil by their decomposition and their formation of enriching humus.

When I fear the loss of my youthfulness and refuse to accept the reality of aging, turn my face to the brilliant colors of autumn trees, open my spirit to the mellow resonance of autumn sunsets and the beauty of the changing land.

When I refuse to wait with the mystery of the unknown, when I struggle to keep control rather than to let life evolve,
wrap me in the darkening days of autumn and encourage me to wait patiently for clarity and vision as I live with uncertainty and insecurity.

When I grow tired of using my own harvest of gifts to benefit others, take me to the autumn fields where Earth shares the bounty of summer and allows her lands to surrender their abundance.”

—from “Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr




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Autumn Dance

 

gingko leaves and wood spirit

“all of nature says “yes””
spring-summer-early fall, the leaves open to the light
collecting light for the tree
nourishing the trunk, the branches, me
collecting light for the roots
so when autumn and winter rains and cold comes
there is stored light in the roots
for the short days and long nights

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Heart of Forgiveness

 

white camellia with heart in center

first camellia of the autumn
smiling hello as I leave my home
heart-centered, glowing gold,
reminding me
of the heart of forgiveness
God gives us in our magic toolkit…
expanding heart
pushing out hurts
creating space
freedom
for God’s grace to flow
giving lightness of being
purifying
bringing gift of joy
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Aging Grace

dried lieaves with fuzz

 

white fuzzy seeds blowing in the air
some have become integral with these dying leaves
reminding me of the parable of the seed
the Word

for these leaves
these Words are softening the letting go process
their faith lighting the way

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some words that are sticking in my head from a song we sung today at church…

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