A Winter Prayer 

There is a winter in all of our lives,
a chill and darkness that makes us yearn
for days that have gone
or put our hope in days yet to be.
Father God, you created seasons for a purpose.
Spring is full of expectation
buds breaking
frosts abating and an awakening
of creation before the first days of summer.
Now the sun gives warmth
and comfort to our lives
reviving aching joints
bringing colour, new life
and crops to fruiting.
Autumn gives nature space
to lean back, relax and enjoy the fruits of its labour
mellow colours in sky and landscape
as the earth prepares to rest.
Then winter, cold and bare as nature takes stock
rests, unwinds, sleeps until the time is right.
An endless cycle
and yet a perfect model.
We need a winter in our lives
a time of rest, a time to stand still
a time to reacquaint ourselves
with the faith in which we live.
It is only then that we can draw strength
from the one in whom we are rooted
take time to grow and rise through the darkness
into the warm glow of your springtime
to blossom and flourish
bring colour and vitality into this world
your garden.
Thank you Father
for the seasons of our lives.

Prayer source

[Picture: “A wooded winter river landscape with a town, skaters and woodchoppers, another town beyond” oil on Canvas by Abel Grimmer.  Free for non commercial use.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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4 Responses to A Winter Prayer 

  1. ralph says:

    great picture and prayer

  2. Denise says:

    This post and the other on “The seasons of life,” have really touched me. Now that I have ventured out beyond the fog, I can truly say, “Thank you Father for the seasons of our lives.”

  3. annette morgan says:

    great timing for this prayer……

  4. Thanks. Between the Super Bowl wife-model opening her mouth – and the health care controversy with the churches, a little peace from this post was welcomed

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