In the early morning, as we are just moving from sleep to wakefulness, it is helpful to concentrate on just one thing. It could be the dream that is still entrenched in your semiconscious state; it could be the sound of a bird; it could be the hazy shadow outside your window which is transforming itself into a tree.
The deep concentration on just one thing gives space for God. We don’t often think that God needs space but indeed God does, for in our busy days we crowd God out. Yes, we may think of God for a fleeting moment but it’s not the same as being really open to God’s presence, feeling God’s spirit envelope us, or being embraced by the Holy.
As daylight emerges and we see the glow of the sun or the shape of clouds across the sky, we can then breathe ever so deeply, embraced by the One who does not forsake us no matter what. No matter what.
Prayer for the Day
You surprise us, O God in the many ways your love manifests itself,
Revealing yourself to us, bringing us closer to you and to each other;
Deepen our awareness of your Eternal Spirit,
Made known to us through the totality of your creation;
May we always be open to the joy of Easter in our lives
By sharing its manifestations with others.
In the name of him who showed us how to love,
Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen
Thoughts for the Day
Learn to listen to subtle cues from your spirit instead of the barrage coming from your brain.
David Bazzreal, American religious writer, from Pray like a Gourmet
Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.
Rebecca Solnit, American writer, from A Field Gide for Getting Lost
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Lord Most High.
Psalm 9: 1-2