It’s 33 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside this morning at my house and although it’s too early to see, I can imagine that the colorful leaves of the tree outside my window are falling fast to the ground. The glory and loss of autumn has now arrived in full measure. Loving each season, I am prone to pooh-poohing the letting go that is happening everywhere in nature as plants die or sink into the ground for winter and the bears prepare for the long sleep. But it behooves me to take their example of being in this moment of surrender, offering up the season that has ended in order to be present to what is, as we move forward on the journey. What will today offer me as challenge and/or joy? Will I accept and join in “the cosmic dance” of which Thomas Merton spoke?
St. Paul’s message to the Philippians (4:6-9) is quite apt for this morning, as I see it. “Have no anxiety at all,” he says, “but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”