Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 11/5

From my second floor windows I see squirrels scampering over the roof of my garage and scurrying from tree to tree.  I imagine they're getting ready for winter days ahead of us.  This puts me in mind of these few lines which have been attributed to St. Francis of Assisi:

I spoke to my friend, an old squirrel
about the sacraments - 
he got so excited
and ran to a hollow in his tree
and came back holding some acorns, an owl feather
and a ribbon he had found
and I just smiled and said,
"Yes, you understand:
everything imparts his grace."

Let's pause for prayer...

help me find my life
the "acorns, feathers and ribbons"
revealing you and your grace

Make me grateful for the smallest ways
you show your face,
touch my heart
and leave small traces of your presence
along my path...

Let me find my joy in simple gifts:
in autumn leaves and breezes,
in apples, squash and pumpkins,
in all the sacraments this day may bring...

Help me treasure all the ways
the world around me shows your hand
imparting grace in the outward signs
of everything you've made...   

Look At the World by John Rutter

1) Look at the world: Everything all around us
look at the world: and marvel everyday
look at the world: So many joys and wonders
So many miracles along our way!

Praise to thee O Lord for all creation
give us thankful hearts that we may see
all the gifts we share and every blessing
all things come of thee!

2) Look at the earth: Bringing forth fruit and flower
look at the sky: The sunshine and the rain
Look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains,
Valley and flowing river field and plain!

3) Think of the spring, Think of the warmth of summer
Bringing the harvest before the winters cold
Everything grows, everything has a season
Til' it is gathered to the fathers fold!

4) Every good gift, all that we need and cherish
Comes from the lord in token of his love
We are his hands, stewards of all his bounty
His is the earth and his the heavens above!


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