Getting up in the morning, how do you greet the new day?
Sometimes, I’m very drowsy — “Oh, God, it can’t be morning, already!” Then, I tend to drop over for another few moments to nap before I drag myself away from the bed.
Other times, I’m more upbeat. (Well, not often, but a few mornings.) On those days I might say, “Thank you, God, for a brand new day!”
A seminary professor once said, “If you wake up in the morning, and you are still breathing, then God still has a plan for your life.”
The Native Americans have a ritual of holding up a glass of water and pointing it toward each direction, thanking the Creator for the gift of the new day. We can start with a glass of water, and then, hurriedly, reach for that first cup of coffee. Usually, our family members are trained not to ask questions about the day’s activities, or bring up an urgent problem, until we have downed that first cup and gotten our heart to start beating.
Our mornings, however, may be a reminder of all our fears. The political battles before the election raises these fears — promising dire consequences if we make the wrong decision. The first fear may be the fear of the COVID-19 virus. If we sneeze or have a spell of coughing, we reach for the thermometer to reassure ourselves that we are still able to breathe without a ventilator. We want to know where is the nearest testing site.
There are a myriad of fears: violence in the street, drive-by shootings, home invaders, an armed robbery, or carjacking. Family and friends advise us to have a shotgun leaning on the wall beside our bed. Now there’s the flu, on top of everything else.
“This is the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad!” So we are told…but it is not easy to rejoice. The Creator of a thousand suns has, out of boundless Love, had the sun shine upon our face this day. (Even on days when there are clouds covering that light.)
We need to remind ourselves that God is watching over us and is present with us every moment of our day. Forget our fears, take heart, and remember, with the Psalmist, to thank God, who is our refuge and our strength — and our morning song!
There is an invisible Reality that is far greater than the latest news of wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and homes destroyed. God is Love and, “Since love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to sing our morning song of Praise and relax into Your everlasting arms of steadfast love. Renew in us the joy of our salvation. Help us to trust You in every moment of today no matter what happens; trust completely Your boundless love and Your tender mercies. Dear One, what are Your plans for today? May I be a part of them?
Offered by Rev. Dr. Frank Johnson
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