In the morning

I am in my next temporary place for a couple of days before I move into my new place. It is super quiet here and I have a few minutes to just rest and reflect. I haven’t quoted a Steve Bell song in a long time. But I found myself gravitating to his music as yesterday I was feeling quite discouraged. Not discouraged about anything in particular. Just kinda bummed out. Today I slept in though and have a renewed look on life.

My to do list is growing by the moment so I hesitate to add yet another thing. But I am reminded once again how important it is to meet in the quiet with my Lord and Saviour. Simply going about my day in all its craziness is simply not going to be sustainable. I’m listening to a song right now by Bell – “In the morning Lord we look to you for the strength just to make it through – have mercy. In the evening Lord we look back and say “It was in your strength that we made our way”. You are everything we need – feed us Lord!”

When I know how important it is to take time to be with God and forget everything else, to hear his words through the Scriptures and to talk with Him – why do I always forget this?

My old housemate and dear friend at Camino house recently wrote a blog that I have been thinking a lot about: http://acommonhumanity.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/spiritual-disciplines/ Spiritual disciplines are important. And discipline is the right word. If we want to be physically fit, we exercise regularly. If we want to be a good piano player, we practice regularly. I think Spiritual disciplines are very similar – as soon as we let them go, our spiritual lives start to deteriorate. I will add a caveat – I am very thankful that God is not dependent on my feeble faith and inconsistent faithfulness in order to work or even to grasp my attention. Yet I do think we need to be intentional about setting aside time in the day that is sacred and to protect this special time with everything within us.

At Camino house last year, we had a rhythm of prayer that shaped our days. I am not a morning person. At all. But those days when I got up for 7:30am prayer and ended my day with prayer were filled with a richness that was so beautiful. And I found that those were the days when praying through my day became more natural. I miss that. My friend and I tried to adopt some rhythm but that rhythm was shaped by our varied schedules. I think that I need to shape my schedule by the rhythm of prayer and not the other way around.

So I am going to commit to you, my readers, to delve into Scripture and prayer daily – even when the amount of readings for my courses seems insurmountable. I will fail as I am sure there will be days when I am too tired, sleep in, simply forget or just procrastinate. But I commit that when I fall, I will get back up again. I commit to working to make this a discipline – not in a way to become a life that is bound by rules – but as something that I know is life giving.

And maybe, I will begin to echo these words: “In the morning Lord we look to you for the strength just to make it through – have mercy. In the evening Lord we look back and say “It was in your strength that we made our way”. You are everything we need – feed us Lord!”

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