Friday, October 21, 2011

Autumn Invitation

Come: laugh, twirl, be silly with delight
over the downward spiral
of the maple's helicopters.
Rejoice in this!
Be in this moment with Me!

Come: stare, linger, even pull over
to step out of your car and awe
at the glimpses of red on a gliding hawk's tail.
Rejoice in this!
Get giddy in this moment with Me!

Come: sit, snuggle in, put your feet up
as the sun sets early; give the light's end
a moment of silence, a sigh of reflection.
Rejoice in this!
Be satisfied in this moment with Me!

Today's prayer-writing prompt comes from 1 Peter 1:6, with an introduction from verse 3: "By God's great mercy, God has given us a new birth into a living hope. Rejoice in this, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials." (NRSV, adapted) Rejoice in this! What gives you joy? What makes you smile and reminds you to hope? What causes you to pause, take a deep breath, and stretch out from your stress? How do these joys reflect/reveal God to you? In your written prayer, share your joys with God!

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