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Good Morning, Lord

Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart….
Fill us at daybreak with your mercy, that all our days we may sing for joy.  (Psalm 90:12,14)

Morning Prayer, the Morning Offering, daily Mass, as Catholics, we have many ways to start our day with God. But sometimes I roll out of bed and head for the shower without giving His love and grace more than a passing thought. Somewhere between turning off the clock radio and turning on the coffeemaker, I want to remember to turn my thoughts to God and turn my day over to His guidance. Most days, all I can muster up is a whispered, “Good morning, Lord.” But I have been working on this area of my prayer life.

I recently read a little booklet that suggested using a verse from Scripture, such as Psalm 27:1, as a way to greet God in the morning. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Amen! What a great idea. Psalm 27 is sub-titled a Triumphant Song of Confidence; but much as I hate to admit it, I just don’t jump out of bed with that kind of enthusiasm. Still, I know that God deserves more than a mumbled, “Good morning” as I head toward the bathroom.

One translation of Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to realize how short our lives are. Then our hearts will become wise.” Life is short, and it is a gift. So now, I have my clock radio set to remind me to thank God for the gift of a new day. Every morning it plays “This Good Day” by Fernando Ortega with these great day-starting, God-thanking lyrics:

“This good day, it is a gift from You.
The world is turning in its place because You made it to.
I lift my voice to sing a song of praise on this good day.”

I may not be ready to burst into song first thing in the morning, but most days, I like to listen to that song all the way through and then to pause as I pass the window just to see what this good day looks like. Then I can smile and say:

“Good morning, Lord, and thank You.
Thank You for reminding me that my days are numbered and precious.
Thank You for this good day. Whether it’s sunny or foggy or snowy,
it’s still Your gift to me.
Thank You for being my light and my strength and for taking away my fear.
Thank You for a song of joy that wakes me up and lifts my heart to You.
This is going to be a good day! Good morning, Lord!”

  • The Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day
for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,
for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sins, the reunion of all Christians,
and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month.
Amen.          (Written in 1844 by Fr. François-Xavier Gautrelet)

1 thought on “Good Morning, Lord

  1. Amen! Every day is truly a gift. Seize the day!

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