Finally the weather has cooled off, and we are officially in Autumn. The trees are just beginning to turn colors, and every morning there seems to be a new “surprise” of color waiting somewhere. After a long, hot summer it is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy God’s creation. Do you have outdoor spaces where you like to pray?
I have a friend who has a “prayer tree” along the walking path near her home. Just a little distance off the path, it is her place to stop and pray on her daily walks. I have a favorite spot on the Kaw River near Lawrence where I go when I want a longer, quieter time with God. Quite a few people recommend the walkways at the Overland Park Arboretum as excellent places to pray with nature all around.
We also have a beautiful sacred outdoor space for prayer on the Leawood Campus of the Church of the Resurrection. Just west of Wesley Covenant Chapel, you will find the Prayer Wall and Prayer Garden. If you have never visited it, take advantage of this beautiful weather and come and pray in this quiet place. Paper and pencils are provided at the wall if you would like to write a prayer and place it in the space between the stones, as pilgrims do at the Western Temple Wall or Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
Here is a Prayer for Autumn to use in your prayers in the Prayer Garden or your own special sacred space:
As the hours of daylight shorten, I give thanks that
you are a luminous and loving God.
You, my God, who are so light-hearted,
make my heart like yours.
As a disciple of your son Jesus,
may I be a light this day for those who
are still in the darkness of night.
As the light of the sun-star warms this planet
after a nighttime of facing into the ice darkness of space,
may I give warmth and light to all I meet.
I pause to pray for my daily needs and for the
graces necessary for this day.
Be mindful as well, O God,
of the special needs of (others you would pray for today).
May I see your holiness in the golden beauty of this day.
May I touch with reverence all things, since
everything is saturated with the sacred,
is a tabernacle of your presence.
Broaden the boundaries of my heart
that it may encompass more than it did yesterday.
(Excerpt from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim, Edward Hays ©1989.Ave Maria Press, Inc.)
–Jennifer Creagar, Resurrection Prayer Ministries