What morning mercies are found in common images of nature! Nature shows us the extraordinary beauty of ordinary places, places that can revive our spirits and enliven our souls. Such a place is captured in the photography of J.V. McKinney who graces us with a view of one of the lakes in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
And I share with you a morning prayer written by James Richard Lahman in his book, Prayers of the Hours.
Caring God who watches over, nourishes, and invites me into union,
As I begin this new day, I offer thanks for the sleep, the rest, and the restorative gifts to my body and mind.
Holy God, you have watched over me while I did not know it.
You have awakened me with wholeness of body and spirit.
As you have blessed me in the silent watches of the night, enable me to make this new day a gift to you.
Visit my energies, skills and talents with a touch of divine grace so that when night comes I may present my gift with joy and thanksgiving.
Great Companion of all people, Holy Spirit, Truth Divine, to you I pray. Amen