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    Granite Walls – 28th May 2017

    Granite Walls – 28th May 2017
    May 26, 2017 Judith Simms

    Lord, you know just how fascinated I am

    By these granite walls;

    Blocks placed by hand

    With skill, almost intuitively,

    With an innate sense of pride in creating

    A barrier of strength but of beauty.

     

    This wall has withstood the ravages

    Of time and weather;

    Of cruel storms hurling fierce winds

    Across the ocean and then

    Meeting this blockade set in its path.

     

    But I sit and look and see beyond

    The granite.

    Between the crevices

    Small plants take root

    Spilling out and softening

    The stark brutality

    Of stone.

    Yet even more mysterious and beautiful

    Is the slow spread of many lichens

    Patches of colour and patterns

    Decorating the granite

    Like an artist’s palette.

     

    Sitting here

    I am conscious of the harshness of life

    For so many of your children

    Of any and of every age.

    I am conscious of the need

    For crevices of hope

    To be filled with Life

    And for the starkness of hardship

    To be softened by kindness.

     

    It would seem that

    These granite stones

    Exposed to the frenzy and fury of storms

    Would have the softening hues ripped away –

    But it is not so!

     

    Thus, Lord, do our prayers and pleas

    For hope and love

    Colour the world in which we find ourselves

    Bringing your strengthening comfort

    Where all seems bleak and stern.

     

    Father, forgive us when we fail to trust

    Your eternal promise

    To be with us until the end of time,

    Colour our hard times

    With the joy of Gospel Hope!

    Amen.

     

    Reading: Colossians 3:12-17

    StF 736    In heavenly love abiding

     

    Prayers for May by Hazel Parsons