Daily Lent Devotions from Church Street UMC
Sunday, February 28, Morning
By Grace Parkhill, February 27, 1980
Today — As You Make It
Read John 10:10b
“…I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”
“Every morning lean thine arms awhile
Upon the window sill of heaven
And gaze upon thy Lord,
Then, with the vision in thy heart,
Turn strong to meet the day.”
(author unknown, but a favorite poem of Mimi Murphy)
I read a newspaper article the other day which commented on the first thoughts of the morning as setting the tone for the day. Several persons had given their first thoughts on awakening which ran the gamut of unlovely thoughts to very lovely ones; and so was their day.
I have found that as each day begins if I, (1) open myself to the presence of God; (2) use my awakening thoughts as one of thanksgiving; (3) and then wait for His Spirit, that my day is beautiful because I will it so. And then I can go forth with a good spirit and with power to serve, to fight wrong and to love. The morning dawns bright even though the sun may not shine because I have the feeling of being alive and of belonging.
Each day can be powerful as we find ourselves in tune with the Master Force, doing His Will and His Work. Our day depends on us.
Dear Lord, your great prophet, Isaiah, has said “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.” We want this for your children today; help us to learn to open our hearts and wait for you each new day; and give us strength to meet the challenges that come with each new day. Amen.