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Raw Material – 11th June 2017

Raw Material – 11th June 2017
June 9, 2017 Judith Simms

Three small pebbles,

Each one quite different,

Each one found on the same beach,

Each one the material from which the sand

Will, eventually, be made.


The beach itself appears to have its own


Of colour and of grains,

Yet it is an erroneous perception:

For the grains are many colours,

And some coarser, some finer,

Than others.


God of all creation

I look around and think that I see,

That I understand,

Yet you have always more to show me.


With these three pebbles

You remind me of the way creation works.

Within each pebble there are different colours

Caused by different components,

And the effects of crushing or of fire.


To release, once again,

These varied components

And thereby create the soft sand on which I sit,

They must rub against each other

With the movement of the waves,

Until little by little tiny fragments fall away.

Even then the ceaseless movement of

Wave on wave

Will grind them smaller until they

Are as fine as dust.


So, what is it that you help me to understand



The human family is vast and

Varied and yet one.

We are the raw material

With which you build your kingdom.

We are one,

Yet each one is unique.

Each one will suffer,

Each one will lose a little of

Herself, himself

In the rough ravages of time

Yet the fragments

Are themselves a new creation.


We choose to see our differences

But find it much more difficult

To perceive our common


And thus we ridicule, deride, abuse

Each other

Because we do not understand.


Remind us that we are –

We are the raw material

That you choose to use

To build your kingdom.

So as we rub against each other,

Apply your soothing oil

Of anointing.

Thus may we be appointed

To serve you and your creation.



Reading:  Acts 9:1-19

StF 401     Come sinners to the gospel feast


Prayers for June by Hazel Parsons