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    05 June 2016 – Out and About

    05 June 2016 – Out and About
    June 3, 2016 Liz Marriott

    The long days are with us.
    Daylight clear and clean
    stretching out in hope
    in eager enthusiasm.

    Lord, we know soon the tilt of the earth
    will return us
    to the shortening days.
    But whilst the daylight is long
    encourage us to use it well.

    This is the time when we are outside
    more easily.
    We may meet strangers strolling –
    along rivers, canals, through woodland,
    fields and meadows,
    in towns and cities.
    So often we avoid eye contact,
    look down,
    hesitate to smile or greet.
    Yet we know how this, so simple action,
    lifts hearts, encourages
    reciprocation.

    Jesus, I can’t imagine you
    casting your eyes down!

    I think of the ten lepers
    coming towards you –
    not only did you see them,
    you saw their marginalisation
    and gave them back their dignity.
    Though only one returned to give you thanks,
    the rest were still made clean.

    Sometimes I stop and
    pass the time of day with strangers,
    and, if I am honest,
    I feel a little glow of warmth,
    because it seems that you, too,
    were there.

    Loving God, we have taught ourselves
    to be cautious, to heed warnings,
    and thereby cut ourselves
    adrift from normal and natural
    human communication.
    We must of course, take care,
    be aware,
    well, I suppose we must;
    but also we must recognise that
    you are present within humanity,
    And greeting thus each other
    we do indeed greet you!
    Thanks be to you most Gracious God

    Amen                                Hazel Parsons

    Reading Romans 2:1-11
    SthF 618 Sacred the body God has created