..it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.
Matt 13:32 NRSV

Loving God, we take a moment to still our bodies, quieten our minds and relax before you….  We praise you for the beauty of nature around us and we thank you that you sustain us throughout all the seasons of our lives…  As we reflect on the bible verse and picture, we ask that you might speak into our hearts today….

Connected; leaves, branches, trunk;

Roots burrowed deep into fertile soil;
Open to sunlight, wind and rain;
Displaying vivid, vibrant colours
Against a backdrop of clear blue sky,

For all the world to see.

Interrupting thoughts and dreams,
Drawing attention, calling to all
To gaze in wonder and delight 
At its beauty and mighty strength;
Standing tall and strong amidst the people,
Providing shade and shelter.

A place to sit and reflect.
A place of peace and quiet.
A place of laughter and fun.
A place to eat and drink.
A place welcoming all.

Loving God may we sink our roots deep into the well of your gracious love for us; may we display the fullness, the grace and love of Jesus in our relationships. 
By the power of your Holy Spirit, may we be united in a love and service that attracts others to Jesus to come, find shelter, shade and new life in the kingdom of God.

Ruth Rushworth