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6th November 2016 – Wreathed in Smoke

6th November 2016 – Wreathed in Smoke
November 4, 2016 Judith Simms

Earlier the flames roared,

But now the old roots lie


In their death throes the stark beauty of the

Upturned roots

Makes me pause.


I ask the question:

What caused the death of this tree?

Old age?



I do not know.

Yet I do know its ashes will

Lend nutrients to the earth

To which it returns.


Yet again I am reminded,

Most Gracious Lord,

That nothing ever goes to waste.

Not really.

The wonder of your creation

Is that recycling is inbuilt.


But I look again and see,

Within the smouldering ash,

A tiny spark,

Clear and clean.

I am reminded that,

However dull and smokey

Life may seem to be,

Yet the spark of Your Love,

Precious Saviour,

Warms and renews each soul,

Even in death.


This is the time of the year

When we remember:

Remember past wars,

And then regret

That war still

Devastates the earth.

We pray for pity

For the refugee and fleeing exile,

For humanity to wake

And think again.

To contemplate the cost

Of pride and vanity

And grieve the loss of every life.


Teach us, Father,

That we must turn to you

In life;

But that,

In our departing

We can trust that you will

Come to meet each one and

Call us Home.

We pray for comfort and for hope;



Reading. John 11:1-44

STF. 612. God give us life,when all around spells death


Prayers for November written by Hazel Parsons