Streams and rivers run through every valley and plain. They all have one destination and that is the ocean. The one thing that they all have in common is the river bank on both sides. This is crucial to the life of the river. If it were not there the river flows out to become a lake or a floodplain.  It loses its life and energy.  In short, it’s going nowhere. The image of a riverbank is one that can describe God’s presence in our lives. Like the river bank, God gently guides us along on our own daily journeys.  We need support, direction and gentle guidance on our own journey.  The bank of a river may seem insignificant or not very important.  But remove that bank and the river is helpless.  Remove God from our lives and we are also helpless indeed.  © Fr James McSweeney, A Year in Reflection