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PRAYER FOR SEPTEMBER

I praise you, Lord, for autumn:
for falling temperatures and morning chill,
trees turned gold and red, brown and orange,
falling leaves and blowing leaves,
the smell of burning leaves,
the joy of leaf-pile jumping.

 

I praise you, Lord, for autumn:
the beauty and hope in the change of season,
the promise that the coming of autumn heralds another ending, a new beginning,
and the wonder of another winter, another spring, another summer, yet to come.

                                                                                        Amen

Recently Rev Bob's sermons have included themes of 'little acts of kindness' and how you may never know how far kind acts you do will ultimately reach. 

A member of our congregational family suggested sharing this poem by Jim Yerman as a beautiful analogy of  'little acts of kindness'.

Fishing with my Dad

I was fishing with my Dad one day, sitting on the shore

I can't remember, was it the fishing or the sitting I liked more?

When Dad handed me a little stone and said, "Give this rock a throw,

toss it in the lake and lets see where the ripples go".

When it broke the surface the water immediately began to shake

and before I knew it, those ripples had spread out across the lake.

"Kindness is like that pebble" he said "For every act of kindness that you throw

will ripple out in all directions, you never know how far they go.

And as you watch the ripples spread out, this is also true;

some of the ripples from that kindness will ripple back to you".

We both went back to fishing, sitting on the shore, now I remember:

it wasn't the fishing, it was the sitting I liked more.

by Jim Yerman

 

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