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.