john davies
notes from a small curate

updated regularly
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK




    Common Prayers #3:
    The mobile phone mast

    BBC Radio Merseyside Thought for the Day 9/8/2006

    We give thanks for mobile phone masts
    Standing tall above our streets

    Silent gatherers of our digital conversations; connecting us to satellites in outer space and friends in neighbouring houses; witnesses of our desire to communicate with others; beamers of text messages around the world.

    We celebrate the holy mystery of radio waves - thousands of them criss-crossing through the air unseen, permitting us to catch and ride their frequencies as surfers ride incoming waves;

    We celebrate the skills of those who have turned such mysteries to our practical use;

    We stand beneath these tall grey masts, and we celebrate the wonder of new technology.

    A blessing on those who call to ask us how we are;

    A blessing on those who call to tell us where they are;

    A blessing on those who call to invite us, kindly, to join them.

    We give thanks for mobile phone masts
    Standing tall above our streets

    Give us patience with those who play with their phones more than they talk to us;

    Help us cope with those who use their phones so publicly they include us in their conversations;

    Keep us calm if the person driving close behind us is dangerously on the phone.

    Give us grace to know when to turn our phones on - to talk; and off - to rest;

    Save us from radiation, repetitive strain injury, earache and excessive phone bills;

    Keep us connected to the earth beneath our feet as much as the world between our ears.

    We give thanks for mobile phone masts
    Standing tall above our streets






    (inspired by the work of Michael Leunig: www.leunig.com.au)