For the night skies opening outwards, star upon star, expanse after expanse, thanks be to you, O God. For the mystery of your presence in and beyond all that can be seen, thanks be to you.
Quote: Celtic Benediction, J. Philip Newell
The peace of the morning stillness, the peace of new beginnings, the peace of heaven’s kiss, to welcome us to this day.
Each day we open our eyes to a choice. Do we begin the day with gratitude or anxiety?
Morning’s light is a gift. Without any help from us this light appears. We awaken to its presence and feel its call to stir.
We open our eyes to a choice. A choice on how we meet the challenges a new day can bring. There is no doubt that some days begin with sadness or fear or discomfort. These are real and never to be overlooked. Each morning I wake to my dependence on personal assistance and my need for a wheelchair to get around in this world. Recently I’ve been waking to the fact that I do not move around as easily as I once did – that I run out of energy sooner than before. Frustration can easily be near. But to let frustration begin the day can make me feel closed off, quick to live in my anxiety. Instead I try for a simple “thank you”. Nothing long or fancy but a grateful recognition that a new day is beginning.
To seek a moment of morning’s peace is a good way to start each day whatever we are facing. To speak a word of gratitude, whether or not we feel it, places that word as a reminder throughout the day.
Quote: Praying with the Earth – John Philip Newell
Image: Chuck Summers
Behind your image, below your words,
above your thoughts,
the silence of another world waits.
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Qutoe: John ODonohue
For the morning light and its irresistible dawning, for you untamable utterances of life in boundless stretches of space and the strength of the waves of the sea
I give you thank, O God.
Release in me the power of your Spirit that my soul may be free and my spirit strong.
Release in me the freedom of your Spirit that I may be bridled by nothing but love
that I may be bridled only by love.
Quote — John Philip Newell
Image – “Reverse Sunrise” Bruce Stambaugh 2016
Renew me this night in the image of your love,
renew me in the likeness of your mercy, O God.
May any refusal to forgive that lingers with me from the day,
any bitterness of soul that hardens my heart,
be softened by your graces of the night.
Quote: Celtic Benediction, John Philip Newell