The days are cooler and we look forward to cosy fires and warming comfort food.
The harvest is in and the trees are turning lovely shades of orange and red and
we give thanks for God's wonderful creation.

Dear Lord, we thank you for our bountiful harvest in the fields,
for the autumn nuts and fruits on our trees and in the hedgerows,
the changing hardy flowers in our gardens,
the sight of the Robin's return.
We thank you for our many blessings Lord. Amen

As we praise you for the good things in our lives we must never forget that
many countries do not share our joy at this time.
The dreadful hurricanes, not just one but several that devastated
Caribbean countries already poor and struggling to survive.
The earthquakes in Mexico with many aftershocks delaying rescue attempts.
Especially the collapsed school where many children died but thankfully some were able to be saved.

The devastating floods in India and Pakistan caused thousands of deaths
and washed away whole towns and villages.
These were places where the people had so little and do not have the means
to cope without help with food, water and equipment.
We pray Lord that the emergency teams from more well off countries will be
able to help them rebuild their lives.

The hurricanes that hit America and caused such dreadful flooding were anticipated and warnings were given and the people were able to escape with very little loss of life.
This is a place where help and equipment are readily available and once again showed the great divide between the countries with money and resources and those who barely survive day by day.

We most earnestly pray that one day all will be equal in every corner of our world. 

Be with your suffering planet, comfort the bereaved.
Give strength to those who have the task of clearing and rebuilding the towns.
Be with the survivors as they recover from the pain and shock,
may their faith sustain them now and in the future. Amen

A prayer from St. Benedict

O gracious and Holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
intellect to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen 

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