Monday, 24 October 2011

Time for a prayer.

This week is going to be very busy and it  follows a very quiet week last week  , such is life in the clergy!  The main reason for all this is that its half term! And its pouring down outside so the phone calls have been coming in thick and fast. Relations often fail to realise that I am still working and that funerals and ashes etc need preferential treatment!
I am very glad to see everyone but its a question of juggling the time carefully without making people feel that they are being a nuisance!
Tomorrow I am burying the ashes of a much loved lady whose children are all teachers and thats why it had to be half term...One of them has sent me a prayer to say at the graveside, where her husband already rests..Its not one Ive ever seen before but it is lovely and if anyone knows who wrote it I should be glad to know.

             God hath not promised skies ever blue
             Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through.
            God hath not promised sun without rain,
             Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

            But God hath promised strength for the day,
             Rest for the labour, light for the way,
            Grace for the trials, help from above,
            Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

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