Okay, I confess, I’m a true Oregonian. That said I’m one of those people who gets cranky if we have too many sunny days in a row. For me, Fall is always a relief, a time to slow down, a time to look inward rather than outward. How can this be you ask? Doesn’t school start in the fall?
Fall is a bit of a paradox in that it is one of the busiest times of the year as well as the time of year when I feel called to slow down and embrace my prayer life more fully. It doesn’t matter how busy I am, this is the time of year when I feel drawn to prayer.
When I make time for prayer, to be with God in an intentional way (as we are always with God) I find that I actually do have more time for all the business of Fall. I think maybe prayer grounds me, centers me, helps me to focus my energies so that when I am working at my desk I actually do get more done.
Fall, the beauty of the trees as they begin to turn, the comforting sound of rain on the roof, the wonderful soups and breads that we create with the bounty of the harvest…a time of sensory delight. Oh, and did I mention the light is softer than during the height of summer.
Fall is also the time for some of my favorite Saints: Francis, Teresa, Theresa, Marie Rose Durocher, the Guardian angels, St. Matthew, to name just a few. So take some time to listen to their wisdom even as you find your days filling with many worthy tasks.