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    27th November 2016 – Still Water

    27th November 2016 – Still Water
    November 25, 2016 Judith Simms

    Just look at the vibrancy of the colour,

    The pattern and the richness.

    The waters of the canal are quiet,


    Disturbed only by the paddling feet of

    Ducks and moorhens

    And of course the wonderful swan family

    Which has so wonderfully

    Graced it this year.

    A flash of brilliant blue

    Reveals the kingfisher,

    And overhead the buzzard mewls,

    Birds sing in the hedgerows.

    These are bright with hips and haws

    With Old Man’s Beard and scarlet

    Berries of wild briony.


    Walking along, a song of praise

    Surges up and softly spills into the cool air.


    Still waters allow for different growth,

    They may encourage stagnancy,

    Yet sometimes we need the gentleness of stillness

    To pause,

    Take stock,

    And listen for

    The quiet voice of God.


    There is a time for the gurgling brook and rushing river

    But there is time too

    For the stillness of

    The gentle quiet canal.


    Thank you Lord for being in all that

    You have made.



    Reading. 1 Kings 19:1-15

    STF 495. Dear Lord and Father of mankind


    Prayers for November written by Hazel Parsons