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    Open or Closed? 30th April 2017

    Open or Closed? 30th April 2017
    April 28, 2017 Judith Simms

    Tintern Abbey:

    A building ruined for a King, by his men,

    because he wanted

    more money, riches

    and simply took it.

    Monks displaced

    Locals without access to alms.


    These days such ruins remind us

    of past skills, past dedication

    and past error.

    We wander through the ruins reflectively,


    remembering the good deeds and the less good.


    Two entrances, one open

    the other unimaginably locked,

    this is a ruin, after all!

    Yet I look at the pictures and ponder,

    how open are we, honestly, to the gift

    of Easter?

    Do we lock it away, for ourselves,

    striving to keep it pure, undefiled?

    Do we dare to speak our belief,

    to unlock our hearts,

    our voices,

    our passion

    and stand as open to the elements

    as is the open doorway?


    We pray for wisdom to keep hearts

    and minds

    open to the movement of your Spirit.

    When you have gently knocked

    and we have opened like a spring flower

    in warm sunshine,

    move us to remove the door

    and be open to receive and

    to come and go in your most precious Name.

    Remove the padlock

    unnecessarily shutting out,

    pretending to keep safe

    and free us with the beauty and the wonder

    of eternity.




    Reading: Acts 12:1-19

    StF 450   Open, Lord, my inward ear


    Prayers for April by Hazel Parsons