God of autumn,
this your creation
demonstrates your transforming nature.
With the changing of the season
and the seeming signs of dying life
there is the possibility
to see the end of life
with no hope or potential or possibility.
In the stripping bare of nature though
we witness the preparation for inner growth
that when springtime returns
will allow a new strength
to pour forth
from all that is hidden within.
If only we could live as nature intended,
and be prepared to cast from ourselves
all that hides the person
you would hope us to be.
Shielding ourselves from harm,
we have wrapped ourselves
so that the pain of the world around us
might not invade our shells.
We camouflage ourselves
so that others might not discover
the pain we would cause each other.
In your forgiveness of who we are
you invite us to step into clothes of your seasons
that we might discover your love
preparing us to let go of old patterns
and place our lives in your hands
that when Winter passes
we might step out in new garments of faith
that speak of the rebirth of Spring in our lives.