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    04 October 2015 – Washing Day

    04 October 2015 – Washing Day
    September 19, 2015 Hazel Parsons

     wash 04 Oct 2015

     Lord, thank you for a sunny day

    The breeze blowing and
    Washing hanging out to dry:
    The sweet, fresh air blowing away
    The damp and drying the clothes,
    Almost merrily.

    Gracious God, thank you for
    The very ordinary things of life!
    Help us to appreciate them and
    to give thanks.

    As I hang up the washing
    I find it easy to talk to you;
    To share the current problems;
    To pray for those whose clothes
    Confront me;
    To discuss with you what I should do.

    I know you listen
    And, I suspect you smile.
    Then, in the photograph I see the child
    And memories come flooding back.
    I see my own children handing me pegs,
    Or playing round my feet.
    The years have passed,
    But washing remains a task,
    Even though
    The children have grown and left.

    Thus Lord, you make me smile too,
    Remembering how faithful you have been
    Through ordinary, mundane tasks.
    Suddenly a chuckle rises
    And, in that mood
    I realise the dark cloud
    Overhead
    May send me running out
    To take the washing in again!

    Thank you for humour and for understanding.
    Especially thank you for humour
    In dark places.
    For the love of the Saviour and in His precious Name
    We pray,
    Amen                                    Hazel Parsons

    Reading. Ecclesiastes 11:1-8
    SthF. 469. I watch the sunrise lighting the sky