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    28 February 2016 – Witch Hazel

    28 February 2016 – Witch Hazel
    February 28, 2016 Hazel Parsons

    O, the joy of the unfurling witch hazel
    On a winter’s day.
    Snow, frost, ice,
    even this year’s constant rain,
    Spoil not its gorgeous blossom.
    The sweet smell attracts the early insects
    And me!

    Lord, seldom is there nothing to bring
    A smile, a shaft of happiness
    Into the wintry times of life.
    Seldom is there no kindly smile,
    Gentle touch,
    Warm glance.

    Seldom.

    But, for some, it seems that the winter
    Lies long and drear,
    Stark in their minds.
    For some, Loving Father,
    The days lie heavy and the shaft of light
    Remains unseen,
    Unrecognised.

    The witch hazel and the snowdrop
    Speak of ways in which winter
    Is pierced with hope,
    Of ways in which that hope
    Can not be destroyed:
    But fragrant, clear and clean
    Shines, even through
    The pouring rain.

    Bring us,
    Loving God,
    To shine the Light of Jesus
    In places and hearts where life seems
    Forlorn,
    For his sake we pray.

    Amen. Hazel Parsons

    Reading: Mark 2:1-12
    SthF: 97 When all your mercies, O my God

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