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    12 July 2015 – The Gift

    12 July 2015 – The Gift
    July 12, 2015 Hazel Parsons

    She came, Lord,
    With a beautiful bunch of rosebuds
    and a smile.
    I smiled with joy
    but my heart sank
    Tomorrow those roses would dip their heads
    and droop,
    If not tomorrow then they would do.

    Three weeks later the opened buds were still in gorgeous splendour.

    Teach us, surprising and amazing God,
    To look beyond our fears built from dismay
    To our hopes grounded in the love of Christ.
    In our everyday living remind us that you allow us
    to open like the rosebuds
    with beauty and fragrance and
    You sustain our drooping heads.

    As we open ourselves to you this week
    May our lives be fragrant to others;
    May our touch be compassionate
    And our hearts be warm
    So that we open ourselves
    To those whom you have placed
    Alongside us.

    Hazel Parsons

    Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3
    StF: 707 Make me a channel of your peace


    From July 2015 the prayers will be written and illustrated by Hazel Parsons of the Plymouth and Exeter District.  We hope that you will be able to use the prayer, reading and suggested hymn in various settings, on your own or with others.