Saturday, October 31, 2020
Tonight we turn our clocks back and end daylight savings time. The evening dark will come earlier and we’ll begin our five-week journey into winter. The morning light will come sooner, something I prefer. We continue losing light throughout November and into most of December, but not as severely as the north country.
Further south, much further south, it does stay light longer, but there the change of seasons is not as dramatic as even here in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The robins are already gone; they left several weeks ago and I’m just beginning to see the early winter birds. Even the squirrels are marking their days and beginning to leave the bird feeders alone.
I like picking up the variegated maple leaves with sharp lines of red on the veins of the leaf on a multicolored leaf. And every single one is different, just as every single human being is different, examples of the infinity of God’s creation.
Prayer for the Day
God of field and forest, of sea and land, be with us now
As we feel the chill of the oncoming winter,
And watch your creation scurry about.
As we reflect on our bounty, let us not forget those who have little
Looking for your grace or your mercy in their lives
And struggle to find food or shelter.
In the name of the One who fed the multitudes,
Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.
Thoughts for the Day
We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.
Richard Rohr, OFM. American religious writer
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
Mary Oliver, American poet (1935–2019)
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works––
who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to the Lord, in whom I rejoice.