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    20 September 2015 – Fruitfulness

    20 September 2015 – Fruitfulness
    August 12, 2015 Hazel Parsons

    20 Sep-2015

    It is September
    and the vine is not yet ready for harvest.
    The warmth of the sun and the Autumn rains are needed
    to sweeten and swell the grapes.

    But yet there is hope
    for the vine has fulfilled its early promise
    And the bunches hang

    Loving God it takes time for the grapes to mature,
    We need patience.

    It takes time to grow into maturity of faith.
    We are eager, at first;
    Willing to be used and finding
    All things new,
    Yet the journey is not always exciting,
    Frequently we are asked to do the ordinary
    Normal tasks and
    Fail to see your hand in them.

    All too often we feel failures
    Because we sense we have achieved
    Nothing spectacular for you.
    But you ask us to be steadfast,
    To learn more of you,
    To walk with you,
    To hold love of you
    As the pearl of great price.

    Then, you reassure us that we are fruitful,
    In ways perhaps, that we do not know
    Do not expect.

    Grant us patience,
    Patience to see your hand in our lives,
    Your fruitfulness within us,
    So may the fruits of your Spirit
    Grow and swell
    Sweetening our lives
    And the lives of others.

    Amen                        Hazel Parsons

    Reading: Ephesians 5:22-26
    SthF. 389. Like the murmur of the dove’s song