An autumn prayer

As the days grow cooler and nature begins to don its fall colors, Jacques Gauthier proposes an appropriate prayer


Show us, O Lord,
your face of light
in the coldness of morning,
in the song of the stream,
in the beckoning of autumn.


Make shine, O Lord,
your face of fire
on the mist of the lakes
on the trunks of the trees
on the crust of the rocks.

Lift up, O Lord,
your Easter face
on the refrain of hours
on the passing days,
on the dance of the seasons.

Make shine, O Lord,
thy face of goodness
on the noon rain,
on the rusted leaves,
on the birds’ migration.


Bring forth, O Lord,
your face of peace
through the murmur of things,
through the music of silence,
through the smile of words.


Lead us, O Lord,
in the light of your face
toward the courtyards of Jerusalem,
toward the paths of eternity,
to the house of our Father.


Jacques Gauthier, Prayers for all seasons, p. 161-162


Translated from the French.

Special thanks and grateful appreciation to Ian Sane for the images. See more of his work here.