Beginning our day with God

What a difference it makes when we start our day with God, with Life, Truth, and Love.

How does your day usually begin? Do you get up with joy at the sound of the alarm, or turn over in despair, hoping something will happen so that you'll be able to sleep a little longer? Are you expecting to have a productive day? Or just "another one of those days"?

"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." We'll probably never know for sure, but it seems reasonable to assume that the Psalmist who wrote these words from the Bible must have learned the importance of beginning his day with prayer. Perhaps he had learned from experience that he had a much better day if he did, a day filled with the consciousness and feeling of God's presence and goodness. I know I've experienced this grace, and I'm still learning more about this important lesson of starting with God.

The other morning my telephone woke me at five o'clock. By the time I reached it the caller was gone. Immediately the suggestions came: "I wonder who it was? What could be wrong?" (It wasn't very likely that anyone would be calling at that hour to tell me anything good, I reasoned.) Finally after much tossing and turning I suddenly thought: "What a terrible way to begin my day!"

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Strength to "stand the storm"
June 15, 1992

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