I found a daffodil in flower in my garden yesterday so decided that a prayer for springtime might not be premature!
Your message of hope
to a world tiring of winter’s starkness
longing for that first crocus
to push through snow’s icy blanket
and spread its leaves
like arms outstretched
to its creator
Our yearly reminder, if we needed one
that to a world that was dark and cold
a world devoid of love’s sweet warmth
you sent your Son
to break through sin’s icy blanket
and, arms outstretched
on a cross
he brought us
God of all creation,
you give us the gift of seasons
to mark our journey through time.
The season of autumn,
with its change of colours and falling leaves,
reminds us that sometimes things must die and fall away
for new life to arise.
Such is the message of the cross
— that through death to self
we find life in all its richness.
In those moments
when we experience setbacks for failures,
help us to remember
that you are with us always,
and that there is no failure or sin
your love cannot heal.
Help us to trust in you
and in your promise of new life.
Peter Jarret, C.S.C.
This is an excerpt from The Notre Dame Book of Prayer and is used by permission of Ave Maria Press
Autumn and Harvest Festival resources – from Lay Preachers Newsletter for Autumn 2015