Great creator and mysterious lover of souls, we thank you for the blessings of this season: for the snow falling on the highest peaks of the Sierra, harvest in the great Central Valley, our ancient Redwoods, the first blades of grass we see on the Marin Headlands and the vast Pacific Ocean. Bless the creatures that call these lands and seas home: the whales, otters, coyotes, housecats, migrating birds, and all of us, their human siblings.
In the midst of great change and social forces that we do not understand, anchor our hearts in you. Save us from a false confidence in our self-sufficiency so that we might be carried by you to new depths of love.
Thank you for feeding our spirits and nurturing our bodies. Thank you for creating us to depend on each other and to live in communities so intricate that we could hardly recognize all that connects us. We pray for peace, wisdom, hope and grace.
We ask this in the name of the one who perfectly loves you, Jesus your son. Amen.