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    13 September 2015 – Changing weather

    13 September 2015 – Changing weather
    August 12, 2015 Hazel Parsons

    13 Sep 2015

    It was a beautiful day,
    The sand white and clean,
    The air bright and sunny.
    Wandering along the shore edge
    Disturbed only by the call of sea birds
    It was gentle, calm and peaceful.

    Suddenly a cloud passed over,
    The sea turned deep green;
    A wind played, tossing up waves,
    And the sky darkened.

    Reminded of the disciples on the
    Sea of Galilee
    I stopped still to catch the colour of the sea
    Before rushing up the steep lane to shelter.

    Almighty God, in the serenity of our lives
    Sometimes we are caught up
    In sudden changes
    Which bring disruption and dismay.
    We are often at a loss,
    Wondering how things changed so suddenly.

    Yet, often, there is beauty visible.
    Help us to see the kindness of strangers
    At those times;
    To welcome the sacrifice of family;
    To respond to those who sit and wait
    While we weep, who find the right word,
    The right gift.

    May we too, be stranger, family and giver
    In the strength of your Spirit,
    Bringing shafts of sunshine on a darkening sea.

    Lord of all Creation
    Still our troubled hearts
    Turning our trust back to You;
    Calling out to you to rescue us
    from the troubling storm.
    Amen                                Hazel Parsons

    Reading: Matthew 8:23-27
    SthF 238. Lead us Heavenly Father, lead us