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    Receiving? 18th June 2017

    Receiving? 18th June 2017
    June 17, 2017 Judith Simms

    As your people, Gracious and Loving God,

    We find ourselves offered

    Pardon,

    Unconditional love,

    Grace –

    But how often do we truly receive it?

    Or, allow others to understand

    It is there for them too?

     

    Sometimes we reach out

    Grab what you have to offer

    And squirrel it away for a rainy day;

    Other times we take it warily

    Sure that there is a catch;

    Still other times we turn away

    Unable to accept

    The reality of your promises.

     

    And all you ask is that we share:

    Forgive as we have been forgiven;

    Encourage as we have been encouraged;

    Feed as we have been fed;

    Reach out a hand

    As your hand has reached out to us;

    Smile as you have smiled on us…….

     

    And,

    yes, there is an ‘And’,

    Speak your name,

    That others in receiving of you through us

    May receive directly

    And thus pass on the offering to others.

     

    But, first, yes first,

    We have to accept from you.

    Accept that we are loved,

    Accept that you have no favourites!

    Accept that you are always looking

    Searching

    Seeking

    For all

    Yes, all,

    Even the most unlikely,

    In fact,

    Often the most unlikely!

     

    Like this small thrush

    We have to overcome our wariness of you,

    Settle on the hand stretched out before us,

    Take the proffered food

    Gain confidence,

    Even turn our backs

    Secure that you will not reach out to capture

    And restrain us

    But only warm our hearts and set us free.

     

    So, Father, as my heart filled with such

    Joy

    At the trust of that small thrush,

    I know your heart fills with song

    As I renew my trust in you.

     

    Give us the longing

    To drop our guard in your divine presence

    To remove our protective shell

    And come before you

    Humbly, trustingly and lovingly

    For Jesus’ sake

    Amen

     

    Reading: John 21:15-19

    StF 462    Come with me, come wander

     

    Prayers for June by Hazel Parsons