It is a serious thing
just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in this broken world.
The morning light peers across the horizon. The night has passed.
It is serious to be alive on this fresh morning.
Overnight, bombs have fallen. Overnight, children have wandered in search of their parents. Overnight, hunger continued to blanket a huge and ever growing swath of our world.
The broken is before us.
Can I help, can I help move toward a world that is safe and whole? To be whole and safe… can be done one person at a time, one neighborhood, one city. The only way to understand how this world became so fragile is to dive in.
Fresh and broken- a new day begins.
For the morning light and its irresistible dawning, for you untamable utterances of life in boundless stretches of space and the strength of the waves of the sea
I give you thank, O God.
Release in me the power of your Spirit that my soul may be free and my spirit strong.
Release in me the freedom of your Spirit that I may be bridled by nothing but love
that I may be bridled only by love.
Quote — John Philip Newell
Image – “Reverse Sunrise” Bruce Stambaugh 2016
A day to wake up and count your blessings. No one can name the way you are blessed better than you.
Like the adage – ‘the grass is always greener on the other side.’ – people can look at you and list the blessings they see or think they understand but you are the only one that can count the blessings you hold deep within your heart.
Wake up and begin this day grateful for all of that makes your life richer and brings you joy. This is a list that only you can make.
A new day – may it reveal all the things that brings joy and gratitude into your life.
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
May this day be touched by simple blessings.
I wake up in the morning asking myself
what can I do today,
how can I help the world today.
JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL
(a network of grateful living)
Morning’s first thoughts. As the sun crests the skyline – do we awaken thinking of ourselves or do we reach beyond, praying for open eyes and softened hearts?
The world calls us to greet each day ready to reach out with compassion for all beings.
It is a serious thing, just to be alive on this fresh morning, in this broken world.
Breathe deep and take in these quiet moments – the time just before the first bird sings.
The spirit is near but we are often unaware. Even as her offer to encourage and inspire stands ready, we manage to proudly claim this inspiration as something of our own creation.
May you begin this Sabbath with a still and focused breath.