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Broken Glass – 21st May 2017

Broken Glass – 21st May 2017
May 19, 2017 Judith Simms

We collected tiny shards of glass

Smoothed by the sea

And carelessly tumbled onto the beach

By the ceaseless movement of waves.

Fragments of bottles

Thoughtlessly discarded and broken

By rock and wave.


I am reminded of the way that,

We too can be broken,

Broken into fragments

And yet,

Unlike the bottles

Still appear whole, undamaged.


Lord we pray

For all those whose lives

Have been broken by trauma.

Minds tormented by

Experiences beyond imagination,

Hearts made cold, frozen

By hurts and words

Replaying repeatedly and

Scoring ever deeper scars.


Loving God we cannot

Solve, resolve the hurts

Inflicted on others.

Yet we can be there

For those we know

Who suffer.

We can be careful

With our own words and actions.

We must seek not to discriminate, nor to judge,

But to listen carefully

And seek to heal.


Remind us too to bring


With our own hurts and scars,

Our own concealed

Broken hopes and dreams.


Risen Christ, you willingly died

For our broken world.

You wept and sighed

Forgave and loved

Longing to bring the glue that mends

Rather than the hammer that breaks.

As we walk with you help us to be glue

And to look with love

On broken shards,

Our own and those of others,

And lift them up to you

For recognition and for




Reading:  Psalm 34

StF  693   Beauty for Brokenness


Prayers for May by Hazel Parsons