Even though this year is quite a bit different than usual, the cycle of the natural seasons continues as summer begins to turn into fall. And the cycle of human seasons continues too, if in a modified way, as the more relaxed month of August shifts to the back-to-work and back-to-school mentality of September.
Some of us resist the changing of the seasons, while some look forward to it – and a great many of us fit in both categories! In that vein I offer a prayer I have used before (and probably will again), because I find it so resonant:
Celtic Daily Prayer
O God, help me now to unclutter my life,
to organize myself in the direction of simplicity.
Teach me to listen to my heart;
teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it.
O God, I give you these stirrings inside me,
I give you my discontent,
I give you my restlessness,
I give you my doubt,
I give you my despair,
I give you all the longings I hold inside.
Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth;
to listen seriously and follow where they lead
through the breathtaking empty space of an open door.
This fall, may we each learn to welcome change, and may we find blessings upon blessings as we walk through the breathtaking empty space of the open door…