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For me, few places surpass the woods for prayer, reflection and contemplation.  There is something about the brisk air, the muffled steps on soft trails, and silent nature–no doubt holding its collective breath until I pass through.  I have been fortunate to be able to get out to hike every week for several months, but today, I tried to talk myself out of going.  I have been fighting a cold and despite the sunshine, I told myself that it was too cold to be trampsing about in the woods.  However, today’s crisp, bright day was an especially perfect day for praying, and I knew that I would be filled with God’s grace if I invited it.  So I heeded to the nudging of the Holy Spirit and got myself out there.  I am so glad that I did!  What a good prayer time I had, two hours of time with our Father, with His Son, with the Holy Spirit and with Mary and all the Saints and Angels.  And…what a glorious Fall day!   With the leaves showing their autumnal hues now, there were several times when I turned the corner on the trail only to stop short and exclaim outloud with “Wow!  Thank you God!”  (I’m clearly no Psalmist.)
Great are the works of the LORD, to be treasured for all their delights.  Majestic and glorious is your work, your wise design endures forever. — Psalms 111:2-3
The woods on a bright, crisp October afternoon

The woods I hiked on this bright, crisp October afternoon

 

Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice before the LORD who comes, who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with faithfulness. — Psalm 96:12-13
Autumn Song by Katherine Mansfield
Now’s the time when children’s noses
All become as red as roses
And the colour of their faces
Makes me think of orchard places
Where the juicy apples grow,
And tomatoes in a row.

And to-day the hardened sinner
Never could be late for dinner,
But will jump up to the table
Just as soon as he is able,
Ask for three times hot roast mutton–
Oh! the shocking little glutton.

Come then, find your ball and racket,
Pop into your winter jacket,
With the lovely bear-skin lining.
While the sun is brightly shining,
Let us run and play together
And just love the autumn weather.

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