Monday Morning Offering: 10/10

  Image: George Mendoza

I posted this prayer many times in the twelve years since I wrote it: it’s one of my favorites so I hope it bears repeating…

Good morning, good God!

I offer you my thanks
for your divine imagination,
your playful wisdom shaping mother earth,
her seasons and their beauty…

Who first knew your plan, O Lord,
for shorter days and autumn chill
to sap the summer’s chlorophyll
from leafy, shady boughs?

I see revealed in summer’s loss,
in each tree’s seasoned fading,
your glory: gold and russet,
purple-patched and crimson-crowned…

A gift of longer nights,
these hidden hues now bared reveal
reveal your touch on every branch,
bestowing blessings on the breeze…

Fall’s light now filters softly
through leaves aglow within:
so simple, your fine artistry,
delightful and divine…

When my heart’s hope is fading,
paint my soul in autumn hues,
illumined with that holy light
whose only source is you…

I offer you my thanks, Lord
for leaves that sigh and fall
and pad the paths I wander
on my journey in your grace…