A prayer for sabbath, Autumn

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Lord, help me to love myself
in the same way that I love
the sunbeam
and the scent of fallen leaves.

Help to hold myself
in the same way I am held
by the Autumn morning
stretching its golden arms
around my heart.

And help me to believe
in this world of aching wonder,
which somehow
includes me.

Gideon Heugh