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Water into wine

John 2 v 1-11

The collect for Epiphany 2

Almighty God

in Christ you make all things new:

transform the poverty of our nature

by the riches of your grace,

and in the renewal of our lives

make known your heavenly glory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord

who is alive and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit

one God, now and forever. Amen.

51 at church this morning – some folk had come out of hibernation after the freeze. It makes  such a difference when more come. Hopefully some very vulnerable folk there felt safe and loved.

The first afternoon out in the garden for me this year. A bit like dipping ones toe into the water, I was reluctant to venture forth, but the snow and ice and have gone and in the sun, it was deliciously warm. A bit of gentle bending here and here, some clearing out of weeds and endless frost bitten lemon balm strands. Some pruning of last years perennials – though I’m told to be careful of too much early pruning – it can cause damage if we have another frost – which Im sure we will. But signs of new life everywhere – with crocus bulbs peeping out and soon, when the temperature reaches 6 cent the snow drops will be out.  Bought a very pretty perennial wall flower from a garden centre yesterday – all pale pink and yellow. That, along with a bowl of tiny winter pansies, are giving much pleasure when I look out of the kitchen door. What better way to spend a sunday afternoon?

Mum still battles on – although its not really battling – she prefers to stay in bed and eats what she is fed. She often asks for my dad who died 12 years ago – but with a bit of gentle reminding, she knows he’s gone to heaven. It seems she has got over another chest infection.  Theres no rush.But the longer she stays, the longer I feel she is invincible!

Soon it will be sacred ” Lark Rise”  time – but I need to think a bit about commending the story of Water into Wine to Great Paxton School children at morning assembly. If only  Jesus could transform all disasters into a happy ending.  But we all know its not quite like that.

A prayer for Haiti

Loving God of creation,
at this time of devastation
we hold before you the people of Haiti.
When the damage is unimaginable,
and the suffering seems overwhelming,
remind us that every person affected
is loved, honoured and precious in your sight.
We remember all those who have been hurt;
all who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.
Work through us to bring healing
to broken and distorted lives,
peace to those who have been thrown into despair,
light to those in darkness,
and hope to those who fear.
We ask this in the name of Jesus
in whom all life and grace is found.
Amen

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/current/haiti-earthquake-appeal/index.aspx

January 17, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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