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Slow me down, Lord
Sit me down and sit right by my sideuntil I've settled down insideand begun to find the peace I need,the peace that only you can give...   Temper me, Lord, with autumn days: this season in between the seasons of summer's heat and winter's ice... 
Temper me with days sublime: the sun's warmth upon my face while cool breezes brush my cheek,waking me to all the ways you touch my life, my heart...
Temper me that I might find your beautyin the loss of green, the letting go of leaves aflutter, spiraling down to sleep the winter months'neath snowy blankets, layered lovingly by you...
Temper me this fall for winter's journey, Lord,until in spring you warm the earth againand waken to new life the green that brings new hope to earthand to my soul...
Temper me this fall, Lord, ready me for what in winter waits: cover me in layers of your grace, protecting and preparing me for seasons and for gifts I don't yet know
And for now, Lord,slow me down, sit me down  and sit right by my sideuntil I've settled down inside and begun to find the peace I need, the peace that only you can give...  
Amen.
  
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