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18th December 2016 – Decorations

18th December 2016 – Decorations
December 16, 2016 Judith Simms

Christmas decorations festoon our streets,

Our houses and our shops.

They sparkle and glitter

Bringing a glow of happiness

Into the dark evenings.


Yet, these small raindrops,

Caught in the filigree of a busy spider’s web,

Sparkle and glitter

In the morning sunshine.

They remind me, Lord,

That despite whatever we may think

Or fear,

Your created world

Is full of marvellous

Celebratory decoration.


Those prophets of old

Caught glimpses of glory

Amidst the warnings of


They dreamed of a time of peace,

Of the transformation of hatred to




So, still we dream.

We watch the films of refugees and migrants,

Of flood and fire,

Of war and earthquake,

And we long with aching hearts for change.


As we hang up our decorations

Sing carols, pray and hope,

The sparkling spider’s web

Is transient,

Has disappeared

Even as I pray.

Yet it tells me that, should I open my eyes,

I should see your hand at work.


Loving God, we look for your coming

And find you already here.


We praise and glorify your Holy Name




Reading: Isaiah 63:7-10

STF 183   Praise to the God who clears the way


Prayers for December by Hazel Parsons