Beginning Our Day With Prayer

Thanks to the Plough for sharing this thought from Dietrich Bonhoeffer recently.

The morning prayer determines the day. Squandered time of which we are ashamed, temptations to which we succumb, weakness and lack of courage in work, disorganization and lack of discipline in our thoughts and in our conversation with others, all have their own origin most often in the neglect of morning prayer. Order and distribution of our time become more firm where they originate in prayer.

He has it exactly right. How we begin the day is important. How we begin the week oft determines the week. How we begin a year sets us on the right course even if life intervenes forcing a course correction.

We can set an alarm to awaken just in time for a fast shower, grab a sweet snack for breakfast, and rush through the day. Only to arrive at bedtime physically and mentally exhausted.

Or

We can set our mind to awaken early naturally, enough time for a morning routine with prayer and centering, a few minutes of reading something for the mind and soul, eat a little protein to begin the day, and go out focused to tackle the day.

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