Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes.
In quietness and trust shall be your strength.
Let us take into the silence the glow of autumn days,
let them become the spark that burns within
each one of us. Let that spark grow into a flame of
love. Let that blazing love fill us with awareness,
kindness and understanding.
Eternal flame, may your radiant glow remain with
us as the days grow shorter.
Like the autumn leaves we are invited to let go,
to resist the desire to cling and hang on to our
securities. Listen to autumn’s invitation to slow
down, to walk among dying leaves, and let them
speak to us of the call to continue our inner
transformation. May we be open to the teachings
of autumn, to surrender and rest in God.
As the year makes its mad dash towards the festive
season let us savour the October mists, the watery
sunshine, the glinting frosts and the long shadows
of shortening days. Let us enter the stillness and
silent mystery of God’s gift of maturity with
patience, resting and trusting as God invites us to
become our true selves.
As autumn turns to winter we can sense a change
in the coolness of the breeze. This time of transition
belongs to more than just the earth. Inside of us
there are also quiet changes sending us their signals
to let go.
Frost shakes the warmth out of autumn weather
and shapes itself into the first lines of winter.
We see the signs of future cold and emptiness,
knowing full well that our hearts are not immune
to this seasonal direction.
We are autumn people. We are always called to be
in the process of growing and changing.
May our minds and hearts be open to this inner
season which is part of us.
May we trust you, Autumn God, who calls us to
grow. May we find hope as we enter willingly
into the dying that is needed for our transformation.
The Julian Meetings & Joyce Rupp.