Sunday, September 30, 2012

O Sacred Season of Autumn . . .

The photos that comprise this post were taken in and around South Minneapolis over the last week or so. They are accompanied by a beautiful prayer by Edward Hays.

O Sacred season of Autumn, be my teacher,
for I wish to learn the virtue of contentment.
As I gaze upon your full-colored beauty,
I sense all about you
an at-homeness with your amber riches.

You are the season of retirement,
of full barns and harvested fields.
The cycle of growth has ceased,
and the busy work of giving life
is now completed.
I sense in you no regrets:
you've lived a full life.

I live in a society that is ever-restless,
always eager for more mountains to climb,
seeking of happiness through more and more possessions.
As a child of my culture,
I am seldom truly at peace with what I have.
Teach me to take stock of what I have given and received;
may I know that it's enough,
that my striving can cease
in the abundance of God's grace.
May I know contentment
that allows the totality of my energies
to come to full flower.
May I know that, like you, I am rich beyond measure.

As you, O Autumn, take pleasure in your great bounty,
let me also take delight
in the abundance of the simple things in life
which are the true source of joy.
With the golden glow of peaceful contentment
may I truly appreciate this autumn day.

– Edward Hays
(from Earth Prayers,
edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon)

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Autumn Hues (2011)
Out and About – October 2011
Photo of the Day – October 27, 2011
The Beauty of Autumn in Minnesota (2010)
Photo of the Day – September 29, 2010)
Autumn Hues (2009)
Tremealeau (2009)
Rainy October Afternoon (2008)
Out and About – September 2007

Images: Michael J. Bayly.

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