The midst of a busy city

In the midst of the busy city we find:
a sanctuary
a place of quiet
a place for reflection

So let us pray:

Into the stillness and the quietness of this place come the noises of the city:

A train rumbles through the railway tunnels below, reminds us that people like us are born travellers – but along the way we need places for rest and for refreshment, and also a destination. For rest and for refreshment and for a destination in this special space we are grateful.

An ambulance speeds along the street outside – its blaring siren telling us that therein is a fragile life hastening towards the hospital – reminding us that human life is vulnerable and that rigid independence is not always in our interest. For interdependence with friends and families and for this shared space we are grateful.

A mighty hammering – metal upon metal – echoes through the neighbourhood and rudely interrupts our quietness reminding us that the living city is always changing, always repairing, always rebuilding. For the opportunities which this space provides for repairing and rebuilding our sometimes shattered lives we are grateful.

In the midst of the busy city, in this place of reflection, quiet and sanctuary, we make a prayer of gratitude for its noisy reminders.


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