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    25 October 2015 – Companions

    25 October 2015 – Companions
    September 19, 2015 Hazel Parsons

    25 oct 2015

    Watching two swans
    Gliding companionably
    Along the river
    So effortlessly,
    We are reminded,
    Gracious God,
    that,
    Beneath the surface,
    Their feet are working hard.

    Moving upstream their feet paddle relentlessly
    Against the current;
    Down stream they must control
    Both speed and direction.

    For some of us, Lord God,
    The struggle to maintain direction
    In the onward sweep of life
    Remains a constant battle against
    The flow.
    For others trying to make our way forwards
    When everything tries to hold us back
    Almost defeats us.

    Yet, on the surface
    We smile, resist complaining,
    Try to see the best in others
    Whilst underneath our lives
    Are difficult.

    So, loving God:
    When our lives are hard;
    When despair strikes and we want to give up;
    When we are in danger-
    Bring us to the riverbank.
    There, may we rest awhile together
    And watch the flow,
    Companionably;
    Until strengthened,
    We are ready
    Once again,
    To paddle in its midst.

    Amen                          Hazel Parsons

    Reading Luke 24:13-35 The road to Emmaus
    SthF. 480 The Lord’s my Shepherd