God, source of all life,
the northern autumn is all around us now,
beautiful in scarlet and gold.
We have heard the Spirit of God
in the rustling leaves and the rush of water,
and we are so grateful for a generous harvest,
for seeds of many kinds, sown and multiplied,
for the sufficiency we enjoy.
we are so grateful for the creation
which nourishes and sustains all that lives.
Renew in us the sense of its value
that we may not squander its riches,
or so bend it to our will
that we find we have destroyed it.
we cannot sow our seed with clenched fists.
Help us to open our hands, to let go of grasping,
that we too may scatter with hope and generosity
our seeds of justice, peace and joy.
So may the fruits of our harvest
be for the sharing of the earth
and the blessing of your love. Amen.
— Closing Prayer written by Peggy M De Cuehlo (from Bread of Tomorrow, edited by Janet Morley, SPCK/Christian Aid), abridged. Posted on the Christian Aid website.