john davies
notes from a small curate

updated regularly
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK




    Common Prayers #5:
    The shopping trolley

    BBC Radio Merseyside Thought for the Day 11/8/2006

    We give thanks for shopping trolleys
    Wire-framed carriers of all that we consume:

    Baskets on wheels, shaped and sized to fit our needs, moulded to the requirements of small babies and the less mobile, variously designed to take the loads of big-eating large families and the humble pickings of single folk.

    We celebrate the wonder of their storage - stacked together, one inside another, like friendly snakes waiting for us to snatch them into our service;

    We celebrate the wideness of the supermarket aisles, giving us space to pass shoppers going the opposite way, or lingering around shelves we choose to ignore;

    We celebrate the friendly efficiency of the checkouts where the assistant offers to help us with our packing.

    We give thanks for shopping trolleys
    Wire-framed carriers of all that we consume.

    Bless those who spend their days collecting trolleys from the car park, chasing wayward ones, running them in jangling lines back to their base location;

    Bless those who spend their days stacking shelves while customers come along and empty them again;

    Bless those who make announcements to reunite lost children with their loved ones, and to alert us to the savings to be had that day.

    Help us to remember the one-pound coin we might need to make a trolley our own;

    Help us to be patient with slower customers and troublesome trolley wheels, and save us all from trolley-rage.

    Help us to forgive those who abandon trolleys in distant bushes or stretches of water. May they become happy playthings for small animals or safe shelters for fish.

    We give thanks for shopping trolleys
    Wire-framed carriers of all that we consume




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