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    19 July 2015 – Far and Near

    19 July 2015 – Far and Near
    July 19, 2015 Hazel Parsons

    All seeing God,
    we look across wide spaces
    far out to sea
    and into the distance
    and, as we gaze
    thinking to catch a glimpse of You
    far away,
    You come close.

    You are in the wave
    lapping on the shore;
    You are in the sea grass
    waving in the wind
    stabilising shifting sands;
    You are in the blue sky
    arching over our heads
    and you are in each heart beat.

    We reach out our arms
    into the wide vista
    Then find your welcome embrace
    leading us back
    into the world of need.
    To meet people who laugh and weep;
    Who sigh and grieve;
    Who hope in their despair.

    Give us gentle hands to touch,
    Strong hands to lift;
    Tender words to comfort,
    The right words for injustice.
    We ask for vision to see
    how you would use us;
    For courage to accept
    the gifts you offer;
    For love to surround
    all we are and do.
    Amen

    Hazel Parsons

    Reading: Psalm 34
    StF 462 Come with me, come wander, come welcome the world

     

    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.

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