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    Following – 7th May 2017

    Following – 7th May 2017
    May 5, 2017 Judith Simms

    The children clambered over the rocks

    And, Lord, I watched them with pleasure

    Enjoying the early evening.

    One, sure footed, sped from

    Rock to rock

    Like a fleet footed mountain goat;

    The other followed determinedly

    Unsure, using both hands and feet

    To scramble safely behind.

    At times losing sight of her friend.

     

    My thoughts turning

    To the experience of following,

    I pondered our discipleship of you

    In the the light of Easter.

    Each one of us is different:

    Some follow easily,

    Never looking back simply

    Drawn by your example.

    Sure of their commitment

    And with implicit trust

    They scramble over the rocks

    And obstacles with confidence.

     

    For others as they follow

    Determined to keep going,

    With gritted teeth

    Fear of falling,

    Constant backward glances,

    It is only love of you,

    Gracious Lord,

    That holds them steady.

    Every slip and slide,

    Every perceived

    Danger

    They face only because

    They can do no other.

     

    Experience is a strange thing.

    For some it gives

    Confidence;

    Others, wariness and caution;

    To still others

    It makes the bricks of anxiety

    Into a barrier

    Of supreme difficulty.

     

    Good leadership allows the follower

    The opportunity

    To follow at their own pace.

     

    Lord, in your acceptance of Thomas,

    Forgiveness of Peter,

    Conversation with the two

    Walking to Emmaus,

    You reveal to us

    How you accept our own discipleship.

    Stumbling along

    Or free running

    We seek to follow you

    And suddenly find you

    By our side

    Not disappearing

    Out in front.

     

    May the Easter Hope

    Keep us faithful

    Hold us steady

    And point us to Glory,

    For the sake of Jesus

    Amen.

     

    Reading:  Philippians 1:3-26

    StF 674     Would I have answered when you called come follow, follow me?

     

    Prayers for May by Hazel Parsons