Thursday, September 22
Thought and Prayer of the Day
by Fr. Grant Schwartz
All that grows with bounteous hand
Scatters o’er the smiling land:
All that liberal autumn pours
From her rich o’erflowing stores:
These to thee, O God, we owe:
Source whence all our blessings flow:
And for these our souls shall raise
Grateful vows and solemn praise.
– Ann L. Barbauld
Ring, ye bells of joy and praise:
Ring throughout the autumn days;
Ring across the golden fields,
Praise where earth her bounty yields.
– E. Ward
The year is swiftly waning.
The summer days are past;
And life, brief life, is speeding;
The end is nearing fast.
The ever-changing seasons
In silence come and go:
But thou, Eternal Father,
No time or change canst know.
– W. Walsham How
A few more years shall roll,
A few more seasons wane,
And we shall be with those who rest
Till Christ shall come again.
– Horatius Bonar
Every year the sweet young flowers
Open bright and gay,
Till the chilly autumn hours
Wither them away.
There’s a land we have not seen,
Where the trees are always green
– Cecil Frances Alexander
Our life is but an autumn sun.
Its glorious noon how quickly past;
Lead us, O Christ, our life’s work done,
Safe home at last.
– Godfrey Thring
Along with all the creatures of nature, especially at this time along with the Autumnal Equinox we can praise God in these words from the canticle Benedicite, Omnia Opera:
O ye Sun and Moon, bless ye the Lord: / praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Nights and Days, bless ye the Lord: / praise him and magnify him for ever.
O ye Light and Darkness, bless ye the Lord: / praise him and magnify him for ever.