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Morning Routines

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. Psalms 143:8 NRSV

For most, we have a set schedule of things we do each morning, answering nature's call, taking meds, brewing our first cup of coffee (or tea), etcetera. Likely, these rituals have mostly stayed the same for years. Even upon retirement, the only change to the routine may be not setting our alarms. However, when there is any divination from the norm, we're likely to feel disconcerted, if not downright agitated.

Having awakened to a brand new day, refreshed or not, God has given us a gift. So, what will we do with it? There are a million things to do: household chores, errands to run, calls to return, texts needing replies, and emails to answer. But among all the things that fill our busy task list, of primary importance is setting aside some quiet one-on-one time with God, starting the day by giving thanks, meditating upon scriptures, and conversing with God. When we do this, we feel his steadfast love toward us. When we ask his guidance for those things on our to-do list, he will not help us and keep us from sin but use us as witnesses to all we meet.

We mustn't approach this time as just another item in our morning routine; this is sacred time spent in the presence of our Heavenly Father, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, whatever time we can allocate from our morning must be cherished. We become spiritually enriched and fortified by it and carry the memories of that encounter throughout the day.

Holy Triune God, thank you for your steadfast love and guidance and this new day you've given. In this sacred one-on-one time with you, may we still our minds and become fully aware of your presence. As we read your scriptures, may they form our hearts, and as we pray, may we hear your voice. Bless us and guide our feet onto your right paths so we may carry your light and love into the world. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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