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Dear God,

We are counting:

counting palm crosses (will there be enough for all the people who like to take one for a neighbour, and for the rest home services next week, and some to dry for next year’s ashes);

counting how many liturgies are written and services prepared (Holy Week is busy);

and counting service booklets and bulletins (averaging service attendances over the last three years and looking at the long-range weather forecast and trying to predict how many we need).

Help us to remember that you are also counting:
counting the sparrows that fall from the sky,
the hairs on our head,
counting tenderly, with great love,
all your children.

Amen.


Jemma Allen is an Anglican priest, living and working in Auckland, New Zealand.  She is also a counsellor and spiritual director and is currently working on a research project about contemplative practices as they relate to the work of counselling.


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