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The purple wheelie bin

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This image is reproduced from John Davies site

As Mark is Liverpool, I am missing home and it is nearly Sunday I thought I would reproduce fantastic prayer for the Purple Wheelie Bin by John Davies. When I first read it a few weeks ago in his article written for Third Way I actually cried because I felt so homesick. So here it is:

We give thanks for the purple wheelie bin
Receptacle of all our rubbish,

Carrier-away of our cast-offs, unused goods, undigested foodstuffs, nappies, wrappers, broken electrical items and all the discarded clutter of our cupboards and our lives.

A blessing on those who make it their work to collect these bins together and pour their contents into a waiting lorry,
labouring through soaking rain and stinking heat on behalf of the rest of us wasteful citizens;

A blessing on those who wheel out the bins for their forgetful or frail neighbours, and wheel them in again afterwards;

A blessing on those who brighten up their wheelie bins by painting on them pictures of flowers, favourite TV characters or cartoonish self-portraits.

We give thanks for the purple wheelie bin
Receptacle of all our rubbish.

Give us patience with those who use our wheelie bins as playthings: climbing on them, racing down the road in them like plastic chariots, setting them on fire;

Give us strength to push our full and heavy bins to the roadside, when we are feeling feeble on bin collection morning;

Keep us calm if in a moment of panic we should think our bin has gone, wheeled away up the road or into oblivion.

Help us to forgive those who, years ago now, decided without asking us, that our bins should be purple.

Help us to recycle, and bless those who want to help us to recycle more.

Help us to use less packaging, and bless those who want to sell us things with less packaging on them.

Give us grace to care about our waste and the way it affects our city’s space.

We give thanks for the purple wheelie bin
Receptacle of all our rubbish.

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Written by ellenloudon

October 28, 2006 at 10:44 pm

Posted in Liverpool, religion

7 Responses

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  1. Hey Matey don’t be home sick! I know the north is beautiful and it claims my heart too but come to the pub tonight and you’ll see the south is good too!

    charity

    October 29, 2006 at 5:00 pm

  2. Hey Matey don’t be home sick! I know the north is beautiful and it claims my heart too but come to the pub tonight and you’ll see the south is good too!

    charity

    October 29, 2006 at 5:01 pm

  3. Charity blogs in stereo. thanks friend. It is good to be in Bristol in such good company!xxx

    Ellen Loudon

    October 29, 2006 at 6:33 pm

  4. Hey charity, i also came to the pub and nearly 50% of me warmed to the south! praise the lord its a miracle!xxx

    St. Claire of Toxteth

    October 30, 2006 at 9:14 pm

  5. Charity, when is Karaoke sister?

    St. Claire of Toxteth

    October 30, 2006 at 9:15 pm

  6. I kind of think purple is a groovy colour for wheely bins. Better than boring black like we have.

    John H

    November 1, 2006 at 11:25 pm

  7. They were chosen (aparently) because no one else had them in purple so they were less likely to be stolen!

    Ellen Loudon

    November 2, 2006 at 12:25 pm


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