Day 16: Celebrating Nature

Yakima River

On this first day of autumn, let us take a moment and enjoy the beauty around us with prayer:

“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 that 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.


— Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J.