Old Testament: Genesis 48:8-22
Morning Psalms: Psalms 66, 67
New Testament: Romans 8:11-25
Gospel: John 6:27-40
Evening Psalms: Psalms 19, 46
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
These words from Psalm 19 are familiar to many of us who attend Saint Matthew’s, as Father Rob often prays them before beginning his sermon. These words, along with those said at the end of each service, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord,” remind me on a weekly basis of my responsibilities as a Christian. However, sometimes I need reminders that my Christian duties don’t end on Sunday mornings.
Not too long before the school year began, I received a Christian catalogue in the mail. Enclosed was a card with a picture of a beautiful sunrise and a morning prayer on it The prayer spoke to me, and I made a commitment to begin each school day by saying the prayer during the moment of silence. I continue to say this prayer every morning. I find it gives me focus, setting the tone for my day and my interactions with students, co-workers, and family.
On a daily basis, this prayer serves to remind me of my responsibilities as a Christian. I offer it to you below. If you could use a gentle reminder, I highly recommend making it a part of your morning routine.
Father, Thank You for the blessing of a new morning and the privilege of beginning the day by talking with You. I give You myself and my schedule today, asking to be used to further your kingdom.
Grant me the wisdom to handle each situation I encounter with grace so that my speech will be pleasing and my thoughts pure as I follow Your direction. I am grateful that Your plans for me are good, and I eagerly trust in Your steadfast faithfulness.
Help me to live in a manner worthy of the calling You have placed on my life and to magnify Your name in all things. Amen