Monday, November 14, 2016

Early in the Morning

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Impartial Judge of all the world,
I trust my cause to thee;
the same as my integrity,
so let my sentence be.
 —Psalm 7:8
Suggested tune: Horsley (CM)

And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.
—Luke 21:38
No saint, no holy man or woman, no teacher of truth ever lived who did not rise early in the morning. Jesus habitually rose early, and climbed the solitary mountains to engage in holy communion. Buddha always rose an hour before sunrise and engaged in meditation, and all his disciples were enjoined to do the same.

If you have to commence your daily duties at a very early hour, and are thus debarred from giving the early morning to systematic meditation, try to give an hour at night, and should this, by the length and laboriousness of your daily task be denied you, you need not despair, for you may turn your thoughts upward in holy meditation in the intervals of your work, or in those few idle minutes which you now waste in aimlessness; and should your work be of that kind which becomes by practice automatic, you may meditate while engaged upon it. That eminent Christian saint and philosopher, Jacob Boehme, realized his vast knowledge of divine things whilst working long hours as a shoemaker. In every life there is time to think, and the busiest, the most laborious is not shut out from aspiration and meditation.
—James Allen, The Way of Peace
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, early in the morning my song shall rise to thee...
 —Reginald Heber, alt.
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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