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A message from Reverend Heidi Prince

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As I write, we have at long last had a drop of rain (did I really say that?!). It feels so refreshing, and I can almost hear the fields, plants and wildlife saying, “Thank You” as they gratefully drink and soak up the rain. It reminds me of the beautiful words in Psalm 42,

“As a deer longs for a stream of cool water,

So my soul longs for you, O God.”

Sometimes it takes a time of spiritual drought, to realise just how much our souls need the refreshment that only God can bring.

I came across the following prayer some time ago, and wanted to share it with you.

Let the rain come and wash away
the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds
held and nurtured over generations.

Let the rain wash away the memory
of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and
fill the sky with rainbows.

Let the warmth of the sun heal us
wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that
we can see each other clearly.

So that we can see beyond labels,
beyond accents, gender or skin colour.
Let the warmth and brightness
of the sun melt our selfishness.
So that we can share the joys and
feel the sorrows of our neighbours.

And let the light of the sun
be so strong that we will see all
people as our neighbours.

Let the earth, nourished by rain,
bring forth flowers
to surround us with beauty.
And let the mountains teach our hearts
to reach upward to heaven.

(Harold Kushner)

May you find refreshment and renewal in body, mind and spirit, whatever weather life brings your way.

Revd. Heidi, Llantilio Vicarage

llantiliovicar@aol.com

01600 780240

If you would like to write a special prayer, send your ideas in a message to llantiliovicar@aol.com

A gentle plea from the Vicarage to let us know if someone is ill or in hospital and a pastoral visit would be appreciated.