Morning Has Broken
When I wake in the morning I feel, and look, like death warmed up. I need a reset so that I can engage with society. My reset is my morning routine. Every morning I lay out the clothes I am going to wear – deciding what I will look like before others. I shower – washing yesterday’s grime off my body. I brush my teeth to prevent decay and make my breath tolerable. I shave and brush my hair to restore order to my face (kind of). After my daily routine I can emerge from my home as a human being.
I thought, “why not add prayer to my routine as part of my preparation for the day?” As I lay out my clothes, I might ask God to clothe me in Christ. As I shower, I could ask God to wash away yesterday’s sins. As I brush my teeth, I could ask God to bless me with his breath so that what comes out of my mouth is acceptable. As I shave and brush my hair, I could ask God to give order to my life and empower me to bring peace into the lives of others.
Every morning is a new beginning; a new day for the Lord, with new possibilities, a time of second chances. To wake up is to be called to live for Christ!
“The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.“ Isaiah 50:4