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Words of Light and Hope from Fran Neale, AWA

Words of Light and Hope from Fran Neale AWA


Some of you will remember Rev Percy Gandon, who lived in Hindleveston quite a few years ago. One year he wrote some prayers for November 5th and I have chosen two of them.


The Jumping Jack

Dear Lord,

I never liked Jumping Jacks.

I couldn’t see them in the dark

and suddenly they’d fly at you

and chase you with a spitting flash.

But temptation is like that too.

It comes upon us

when we least expect it.

Lord, teach me

to watch and pray,

so that I am not caught out

in the dark. Amen


The Sparkler

Lord, I am just a sparkler,

a very little firework.

I’m not seen from far away

and I don’t make a big bang.

But help me, Lord,

to sparkle for You

in my life at home, at school

and amongst my friends.

Thank you Lord. Amen


Since we have put the clocks back, the evenings are dark and long, which may feel pretty negative. This prayer has a different feel to it.



it is night.

The night is for stillness.

Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.

What has been done has been done;

what has not been done has not been done;

let it be.

The night is dark.

Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives

rest in you.

The night is quiet.

Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,

all dear to us,

and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.

Let us look expectantly to a new day,

new joys,

new possibilities.

In your name we pray. Amen


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