This past Tuesday, October 15 marked our first *RMC Day of the year! It was a beautiful, sunny day to be outside and enjoy the autumnal foliage at Morris Arboretum. We enjoyed each other’s company as we explored the grounds, admiring the various scarecrow creations and the impressive stickwork sculpture created by Patrick Dougherty. Following lunch, we had time for personal reflection as we contemplated the gifts this season has to offer. Some of us took time to journal and draw while others spent time observing the falling leaves and listening to the soothing stream that ran through the arboretum. Overall, the day was a welcomed opportunity to take a step aside from the usual weekly routine and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, enjoy companionship with community and feel refreshed for the days ahead.
Prayer for Season of Autumn by Joyce Rupp
God of love, you enter into our autumn seasons, into our deepest places of inner dwelling, into the heart of our transformation. You give us glimpses of the truth. May we allow our experiences of autumn to speak to us of necessary change and growth. Grant us an openness to the continuous process of letting go and moving on that is part of the human condition. We are grateful that you are our faithful companion on this journey. Amen.
*In the spirit of fostering and deepening a sense of community, RMC members participate in an RMC Day three times throughout the year. On these days, the RMC volunteers do not report to their usual ministry sites. Instead, they are provided the opportunity to participate in days of reflection, community activities or alternative service projects.