The changing of seasons is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the season’s past and look forward to the blessings that will come with the next season’s beginning. The beauty and majesty of fall in particular is a great reminder of God’s provision in our lives and how He is always working to change us from what we once were into something of beauty. In addition, the cooler temperatures of fall brings with it shorter days and more evenings spent indoors by the warmth of a fire, which is the ideal setting for reflection and a great opportunity to engage with family members and friends as the pace of life slows a bit. The following are some examples of prayers and reflections you can use as inspiration for your own autumn reflections:
Fall Prayers & Reflections
The following are some fall related prayers that can guide you as you seek to reflect and refocus on everything you are grateful for as we head into the season of bountifulness:
Gracious and loving Lord,
Thank you for the seasons we can count on, find routine in, and that will never cease while the earth remains. As we enter into autumn, when the cooler winds drift in and days grow shorter, draw us closer to you. Let us feel your warm and loving presence. May we imagine ourselves in your arms, close to your heart, surrounded by your light, and find comfort in your consistency when the world around us seems to be constantly changing. Thank you for your loving kindness that engulfs us and your light that drives the darkness away. We praise you for being a God who loves us and takes care of us. We are grateful you are with us in all circumstances and seasons.
This time of year feels hard. Harsher weather rolls in, the days feel shorter with less light, and it seems that loss and touch changes are prevalent. Help us not to grow idle, or weary, or give up hope. Let us work hard to bear fruit and to bring glory to your kingdom. We ask for the strength and guidance to be diligent and good stewards of our time and resources. Let us not be like the son who sleeps during the harvest, but rather, we pray you would use us now, keeping our eyes open and alert to the work you have for us. Bless the fruit of our labor and help us to bring glory and honor to you in all we do.
We praise you when the harvest is plentiful. We thank you for the abundance and overflow of goodness and blessings you give us. How humbled we are at the favor you bestow upon our lives. As we find ourselves in a season of richness, may you cause our hearts to remember others. As your word instructs us, guide us to be helpers to those in need, givers to those who have less, and generous with our time, talents and resources. We want to be obedient and faithful to you by giving to others the overflow of what we have, so that you would bless the work of our hands. We ask to be cheerful givers and to be representatives of your loves in this world.
In this blessed season of autumn, help us to remember that you are an all-powerful, all-knowing God who orchestrates our entire lives for your will. Just as the leaves themselves likely don’t understand why their world must change and their entire appearance becomes different, we too are changed as we go through each season of our lives. Thankfully, unlike the leaves of the trees that eventually fall to the earth to be forgotten about entirely, God never forgets us. We are His valued creation, unworthy of merit but yet deemed worthy of the most incredible sacrifice imaginable in the form of Christ. We thank you this autumn through various fall reflections and prayers. We thank you that you are the God of change and that there is a time or “season” for everything under the sun. Yet, that you remain unchanged all the while. What a comfort in a sometimes tumultuous world!
This is the ideal season to reflect upon various scripture that pertains to the seasonal changes. As is stated in Isiah 40: 8 ‘The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.’ or in Daniel 2:21, which says ‘He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.’ These verses are promises of hope, a beacon in the storm to cling to, no matter the circumstances we currently face. We can seek direction and counsel through the word of God to learn more about what it means to live a Christian life throughout the entire year. God’s word is never changing, so it is a steady fortress to cling to. We aim to recommit ourselves this fall to knowing more about God’s word and learning more about the many blessings contained within its rich pages.
Fall Spiritual Reflections
We thank God for the chance to enjoy the beautiful season of fall, and we welcome the opportunity of fall season reflections. While some aspects of the season, like the shorter days and the cooler temperatures, can be the source of sadness in some ways, let us remember the bountifulness of the harvest and look at the beautiful leaves changing and let the season be a reminder to rejoice for all the blessings we have been given. A heart of thanksgiving is applicable more than just in November, it’s good to keep it in mind throughout the entire year. Speaking of reminders, don’t forget to purchase apparel from the Love in Faith’s fall collection. These items will help remind you every day as you wear them of God’s goodness.