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Angela Ashwin

Reflection for July


St Paul prays: 'That Christ may dwell in your hearts in faith;
that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may have power to comprehend with all the saints
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.'
Ephesians 3: 17-19

Everything we do and say,
and all our outward behaviour,
springs from our hidden, inner life.

Sometimes we give so much attention
to our external activities, the fruits  in our lives,
that we neglect the vital  roots of prayer
upon which everything else depends.

We need to be rooted and grounded in the divine love,
nourished by God's presence to us in our inmost selves,
both through our spoken prayers
and in the wordless communion of love.

But even when we forget our relationship with God
we are still rooted in our Creator,
the Source of all life.
This can reassure us that,
come what may,
God is still here
holding us in being at every moment.

O God, make me like a tree planted by a stream,
drawing on the living water of your presence
in deep-flowing stillness.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord; they shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green.
In the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
(Jeremiah 17: 7-8; echoed in Psalm 1: 1-3)

This is an adaptation of the Meditation 'Rooted in God', No 1,  page 17 in 'Wait and Trust',
by Angela Ashwin, published by Eagle,  1997.
This and its sister volume 'Wait and See' are now out of print, but can be bought second hand.
The CD Rom 'Wait and See' is also available from McCrimmons Publishers Ltd.