Prayer for Liverpool
I have lived by the cathedral for four years. Getting in and out of the carpark, through barriers and into our parking space means we have to negotiate the Queens Walk on a daily basis - and it’s not always an easy negotiation! A combination of carpark, walk-through and meeting spot the Queens Walk is always busy - A hive of activity. Well, it has been until the last few weeks. Now it is very quiet. The space has been handed back to pedestrians, cyclists, and those who make their way walking to work from Toxteth to town. The only cars that are here are those who belong to residents, the few people left working here and ambulance/NHS staff who are receiving extra training at the community college.
There is a pleasant peaceful sense of stillness out on the Queens Walk.
But, I can’t help but think it misses the hubbub. I miss the hubbub.
I miss the people who park here to go to work in town. The shoppers. The students. Those staying in the local hotels. People who go to see a show in the evening, who are going out for a meal, or to a concert at the Phil. I miss people who pop into the cathedral bookshop and only stay for 20 mins. I miss those who park up overnight and come back to get their cars the next day. I miss the Sunday congregation who come for the services and some who stay all day and come to everything. I miss the parents of children who attend LIPA primary. I miss St Mellitus students and staff. I miss people who park here for the many events that take place at the cathedral – concerts, big services, exhibitions, celebrations. I miss the vans that bring in food, equipment and deliver essential items. I miss the staff that park here every day and wave to me as they exit.
It is quiet on the Queens Walk without you. I miss you.
So, today I am giving thanks for the peace and quiet and also acknowledge the sadness I feel about missing the everyday hubbub. I pray for everyone who is missing being here – who miss going about their everyday business on the Queens Walk.
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Prayer for Liverpool
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