Reflection

AWAKENING to the GRACE OF AUTUMN

“ to everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes  3: 1-8

The seasons are  often an invitation to reflect more deeply about the reality of living life with more awareness and love.

Autumn’s great diversity of color and  grace of harvest can lead to questions of the heart, such as:

  1. Am I aware of who and what colors my life?

  2. Am I able to see color and beauty in myself, others and creation?

  3. “Where there is darkness, can I bring light?”

  4. Are my senses alive to the brightness of God’s countenance shining upon, in and through life?

The themes of diversity and harvest are well explored in John Philip Newell’s

Book –  Praying with the Earth, a prayerbook for peace.  He shares insights about peace from  the rich harvest  of the Christian, Hebrew and Islamic worlds of art and thought. He states:  “ We need to be called back to the deep yearning for peace that are at the heart of our shared inheritance and at the heart of our human soul.  We need each other to be well.  We will be whole, not in separation but in relationship.”

Do not be afraid, I am with you always. (Matthew, 28: 10-20)

God heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.(Psalm 147:3)

In remembrance of God, our hearts are comforted. (Quran, Thunder 13,28)

WELCOME TO THE GRACE OF AUTUMN