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    15 January 2017 – Wintry Worship

    15 January 2017 – Wintry Worship
    January 13, 2017 Judith Simms

    I am struggling God, my Father;

    I am struggling to find the right words;

    Words which will help

    And not hinder;

    Words which will not be platitudes;

    Words which when lifted from the page

    Will fly up to you

    And be real,

    I am struggling.

     

    I am searching, Compassionate Jesus,

    For an image to offer

    To those

    Who at wintry times

    Struggle to find words to express

    Their deep despair,

    Even whilst smiling and carrying on

    As if in the midst of Spring or Summer.

     

    Struggling and searching.

    Holy Spirit, suddenly

    I have an image of a frosted rosebud –

    It is extraordinarily beautiful.

    Its perfect winter shape shines with the icy particles.

    I do not know whether it opened,

    Or whether the frost curtailed its life.

    I do know it was a beautiful sight

    On a wintry day.

     

    Merciful God, we struggle

    With our own lives.

    Sometimes they are cold and bitter,

    Sometimes they are empty or curtailed,

    Sometimes it is almost impossible

    To make our eyes shine

    With your love.

     

    Keep us aware of your Cross,

    Of life hung up to die;

    Breath struggling and gasping;

    Yet spirit still forgiving –

    Even in what felt like

    True desertion, desolation.

     

    With Resurrection you brought forgiveness

    Not retribution!

    Gave us a hope

    When all hope seems frosted and destroyed,

    Taught us to see beyond the emptiness.

     

    Holy Trinity,

    Father, Son and Spirit,

    When our lives are wintry

    Frosted by bitter weather,

    Reach out for us that

    We may reach out for you.

    Then, as we struggle to find a little spark

    Of Spring deep within our very being,

    May we catch a glimpse of the

    ‘Rosebud’ that we are

    and know

    We are beautiful

    To you.

     

    Amen. 

     

    Reading: Psalm 13

    STF 306   Now the green blade rises

     

    Prayers for January by Hazel Parsons