Thursday July 5 2018


Scripture: Psalm 143

Key verse: (8)
Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

Reflection: How do you start your day? With coffee and quiet? With a morning devotion? With the noises and needs of others? With social media? I’ll admit to being slightly in a rut with my mornings. There is coffee, and usually some quiet. And I try to start with a thought or two of gratitude to God. But the rest of my morning routine has slowly changed over the last few years. I find myself with my phone in my hand many mornings before my Bible or prayer-book ends up there. And then who knows how long I’ll be occupied with news and email and pictures and whatnot. Even these emailed devotions get pushed aside for flashier opportunities just waiting for me in my inbox or home screen. It’s become something of a bad habit – one that I truly want to break.

So I’ve got a book about habits to read, and I’m going to try reading a bit of it every morning. (Are you laughing yet? Do you think it will work? I’m not sure yet. But I plan to try.) If I can break that old habit of starting the morning with my phone, then I’ll add back in the prayer-book and Bible. Because doesn’t what the Psalmist say sound like what we want?

8   Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

I’ve learned not to beat myself up when my habits or piety have become less than inspiring. Grace abounds, and there is always a fresh start available. Today is a new day. Tomorrow is too. Thanks be to God!

Prayer: Lord, teach me the way I should go in order to hear your steadfast love in the morning. To you I lift up my soul. In you I trust. Amen.

Author: Julie Hester

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

2 thoughts on “Thursday July 5 2018

  1. I can SO relate to your message this morning and read it with great interest – thinking, that is me too – I’m not the only one, even our pastor is guilty : ) Moreover, for the past 2 years I have started 85% of my days with this verse . Though I’ve never committed many verses to memory, I did this one and have tried my best to make it a “habit” to pray the words of this Psalm before anything else each morning so really loved reading your devotion this morning. Congratulations on the grant you received! Soak up every minute of your sabbatical. Enjoy all of your reading and writing, travels, “me time” and family time. We will miss you.

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