This Autumn has been particularly beautiful. I have taken some lovely drives through the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding state forests and seen God’s painted wonders. The days have been filled with amazing blue skies and warm temperatures. Just the right time for gentle walks through the local parks and outdoor picnics with friends. I came across the following pinned words; “Each day is God’s gift to you, Make it blossom and grow into a thing of beauty” by Charles Humphrey ; “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” by Albert Camus; and “Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaic of them all” by Stanley Horowitz (first published in Reader’s Digest in 1983)
The following is a prayer by Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J.
From Marquette University
God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn.
We thank you for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy,
for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist,
for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,
for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,
for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,
for the fall harvest which brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,
for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life,
God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.