Even though this year is quite a bit different than usual, the cycle of the natural seasons continues as summer begins to turn into fall. And the cycle of human seasons continues too, if in a modified way, as the more relaxed month of August shifts to the back-to-work and back-to-school mentality of September.

Some of us resist the changing of the seasons, while some look forward to it – and a great many of us fit in both categories! In that vein I offer a prayer I have used before (and probably will again), because I find it so resonant:

Celtic Daily Prayer
O God, help me now to unclutter my life,
to organize myself in the direction of simplicity.
Teach me to listen to my heart;
teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it.
O God, I give you these stirrings inside me,
I give you my discontent,
I give you my restlessness,
I give you my doubt,
I give you my despair,
I give you all the longings I hold inside.
Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth;
to listen seriously and follow where they lead
through the breathtaking empty space of an open door.
Source: unknown

This fall, may we each learn to welcome change, and may we find blessings upon blessings as we walk through the breathtaking empty space of the open door…