“A Ritual of Autumn Welcoming” from “Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim” by Ed Hays.
Welcome, Autumn, arms full of summer’s blessings,
carrying the seeds of life for next year’s planting.
Come, enter my home with your golden wisdom;
be my guest and share my table.
Welcome, Old Wise One,
may I be your student in the school of gratitude.
Guide me in reflecting upon the summer now gone,
that I might give thanks for all the many gifts
that have enriched me in that season of growth.
I greet you, spirits of darkness
that dwell in the night and within me.
While you are frightening, you are also a source of power;
may all your spirits that reside in me
live in harmony with the Spirit of the Holy.
The words of Edward Hays