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Published 10-18-10

Joyce Rupp, George Washington Carver


Dear Readers,

Why is it that spring and fall seem to be the most significant seasons?
Because they are transitional times of the year and we see mirrored
imprints of our life cycle in them. Spring is rife with rebirth. Autumn
is no less beautiful. Letting go of what is no longer needed in pre-
paration for rest is the mature part of life. It's also necessary for
our transformation and newness. It's the seed that will sprout
next spring and not the tender unopened bud.

- Lisa

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God of the seasons, there is a time for everything;
there is a time for dying and a time for rising.
We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green,
letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender,
with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground,
our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of
our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights,
there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives.
We always need to recognize your power-filled presence.
May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain,
many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender.
We must wait for harvest in faith and hope.
Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season,
your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind
and what needs to be carried into the future.
We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost
and windows wearing white designs,
may your love keep our hearts from
growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us,
you entrust us with the freedom to choose life.
For all this, we are grateful.

Joyce Rupp, OSM; Servants of Mary
Author and speaker


The Last Word:

I love to think of nature as an unlimited
broadcasting system through which
God speaks to us every hour;
if we still only tune in.

George Washington Carver (1864-1943)
American scientist, educator, inventor






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Most of the shadows of this life are caused
by standing in one's own sunshine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
American essayist, poet and Transcendentalist


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