SCRIPTURE READING — Psalm 5:3
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
At one place in his famous book, “Mere Christianity”, C. S. Lewis suggests that each morning starts the same way for everyone. When we wake up, thoughts about what we hope to accomplish that day flood our mind. Lewis writes that our plans for the day resemble wild animals that rush toward us.
I don’t know if this describes how a day typically begins for you. It does for me at times. But Lewis goes on to describe something that everyone should experience each morning. He encourages us to pay attention to another reality: the deeper life we have in Jesus Christ. Instead of fretting over the concerns of the new day, we should allow God’s peace to flow into us.
That sounds like a wonderful description of morning prayer. It’s what Psalm 5 describes as being a two-way conversation between us and God. We speak, and we listen. We pray, and we wait. We act, and we receive. We begin the day with God.
I start my mornings every day with a short prayer to set the tone for the day that follows. If the morning begins with worry, that will only increase as the day moves along. But if we start out by enjoying time with God and receiving strength from God, I suggest we will more likely remain in God’s peace as the day continues.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of this day. Help me to begin each day with you in prayer. As I pray to you, thank you for giving me the strength and peace I need. In Jesus, Amen.
I will be off to enjoy a week of Church Camp with 7 members of our Youth Groups and 150 others with the South Shore Congregational Youth Conference beginning Saturday and then take a week off to get my knee situation cleared up with a quick procedure. I appreciate all the prayers for both weeks and encourage you to come and hear our next two wonderful Preachers: Skip Schippers this Sunday and Rev Terry Martinson on August 21.
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