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    21 February 2016 – A Day Out

    21 February 2016 – A Day Out
    February 21, 2016 Hazel Parsons

    Is a very precious thing;
    Especially when shared with friends
    Who allow time and space
    To travel gently,
    To savour and to amble.

    So often we feel we must rush
    To fit everything in.
    We mustn’t miss a moment
    Or an opportunity.
    But, when doing that we can miss so much.
    We often forget to savour and to amble.

    These days we smile when we see the
    Old steam trains.
    Twenty five miles an hour is all
    They are permitted to do!
    So slow.

    The hedges and ditches, the cattle and sheep,
    No longer fly past,
    We are given the opportunity
    For our gaze to linger.

    Our memories, those of us old enough,
    Flood with childhood holidays.
    The smell of steam, the flecks in eyes,
    The comforting noise,
    And O the excitement.
    We savour and recall them.

    But, the ambling over, we return
    Renewed and refreshed
    To meet the needs of the modern world:
    The hurrying and scurrying.

    We give you thanks Lord,
    For friendships which help us to appreciate
    The diversity and the wonder
    Which surrounds us.

    Any one for a ride up the line?
    Yes, Lord, wait for us,
    We’re coming with you!

    Holy Spirit bring us joy in our friendships.

    Amen. Hazel Parsons

    Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:9-15
    SthF: 477 Teach me to dance to the beat of your heart

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