[First photo by r m dutina]
While traveling in the Smoky Mountains one year I bought what could be a flower vase. It was pinched in the middle giving it two ‘spouts.’ The longer I looked at it and handled it the more it became a vessel for my prayers. We were always near the running water of the spring rivers be it the Little Pigeon or “one of the 2,100 miles of rushing mountain streams and rivers that flow through the park.” I would show you a photo, but when we downsized I let the vase/pitcher go. 😦 sigh
Here was part of my inspiration
And so my morning prayer gradually became
Jesus, I pour out this water before the undivided Trinity: Let my living be this day an offering and thanksgiving. This day caress me. This day possess me. Open my ears and eyes to Your Love for us. Try making a ceremony around your prayer time. I have taught that many ways. When you get a drink of water, say a prayer, turning your attention to the Holy One. Are you a coffee addict? Dedicate each sip to the Trinity. Keep a glass near the water faucet and try a water prayer of your own. Or use mine. The idea is to turn your heart and mind to Him who loves you best.
Our soul is like a stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every other area of our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do, because our soul itself is then profusely rooted in the vastness of God and his kingdom, including nature; and all else within us is enlivened and directed by that stream. Therefore we are in harmony with God, reality, and the rest of human nature and nature at large.Dallas Willard in Renovation of the Heart