We know how important bonding is, Father.
We know that this helpless,
Must bond to learn to trust;
That those closest to her
Are the world that will make her feel secure.
We know that this forming,
Must bond to learn to relate;
That if she fails to attach in the first few months,
The trauma will impact her forever.
And so we hold,
Until she recognises us,
responds to our voice and touch,
anticipates our care;
Until she knows that we belong to her.
Why do I forget that it’s the same with you, Father?
I know that my helpless,
Must bond to learn to trust—you.
From your word
I know that my forming,
Must bond to learn to relate—to you.
And this bonding can only happen
As we spend time together.
Help me to never be so busy
That I neglect my time with you.
Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5: 15–16, NIV)