Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul ~ Psalm 143:8
I have a confession. I have never been a morning person. Over the years, though, I have learned to adapt, learned what I need to do to help me wake up and start the day well. I remember a friend stayed with me one time and as I began my first coffee she was starting to interact and I said, “you know I can’t start the day talking and visiting, I’m just not ready yet. I need more coffee.” She was really obliging and kind. Then, about twenty minutes later, when I started talking, she was so surprised and asked, “Oh! Are we talking now?”
Each of our days start out differently. Some need to hit the snooze button a few times before they get out of bed. Some need their coffee to start the day right. Some need alone time, in quiet and calm. Others pray or meditate. Some need to jump right into the shower to wake up. And others are thrust into the day as children or pets awaken and crawl into bed with them. However your day begins, each of those pieces form stepping stones for the path and tone of the new day.
My spiritual mother began her day, every day, with devotion and prayer. It was her spiritual discipline. Whenever I would visit her or she would visit me. Whenever we traveled together. This is how our days began: coffee, breakfast, devotion, sharing, and prayer. Then we could carry on with the rest of the day. Even when she visited me in Peru, even when we traveled together to India and Nepal.
To begin the day with devotion and prayer is to set an intentional stepping stone in the path of our daily lives. By listening to God’s word, we are renewed and refreshed, sometimes challenged. Scripture instructs us and gives us wise counsel for the day ahead, a focus and a grounding. And how delightful it is to be reminded of God’s unconditional love for us in that very first part of our day.
God of grace, we give you thanks for those who witness their faith in daily living and serve as a model and example of the Christian life. Help us to wisely use their example and incorporate those stepping stones of faith that will deepen and enhance our faith and trust in you, our strength and our redeemer. Amen.