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Autumn Psalm of Contentment (the entire psalm)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hi friends. Decided to post the entire psalm for those who wish to enjoy a short meditation. It may certainly applies to us for today or as a metaphor for those of us who, with gratitude, are in the autumn of life.


Autumn Psalm of Contentment

O sacred season of Autumn, be my teacher,
For I wish to learn the virtue to contentment.
As I gaze upon your full-coloured beauty,
I sense all about you
An at-homeness with your amber riches.

You are the season of retirement,
Of full barns and harvested fields.
The cycle of growth has ceased,
And the busy work of giving life
Is now completed.
I sense in you no regrets:
Youíve lived a full life.

I live in a society that is ever-restless,
Always eager for more mountains to climb,
Seeking happiness through more and more possessions.
As a child of my culture,
I am seldom truly at peace with what I have.
Teach me to take stock of what I have given and received;
May I know that itís enough
That my striving can cease
In the abundance of Godís grace.
May I know the contentment
That allows the totality of my energies
To come to full flower.
May I know that life you I am rich beyond measure.

As you, O Autumn, take pleasure in your great bounty,
Let me also take delight
In the abundance of the simple things of life
Which are the true source of joy.
With the golden glow of peaceful contentment
May I truly appreciate this autumn day. Fr Edward Hay
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