As twilight moves across the sky,
let stars protect me where I lie.
Until morning when I rise,
I make my bed from clouds of night.
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How do you start your day? Is it grumbling that you don’t want to leave your warm comfortable bed? Is is full of groggy stumbling until you have that first cup (or pot) of coffee? Does it include any affirmation of your faith and beliefs? Maybe a thankfullness for getting up to experience another day?
I wake up groggy, and I usually don’t want to leave the sanctuary of warmth that are my covers and snuggly puppy. If I could figure out how my alarm clock would be a coffee IV. But my morning also includes a daily devotional. Before I get out of bed, once my eyes can stay open, I center myself and say a little something.
Right now it’s this:
Womb of darkness,
Glimmer of the dawn,
I arise from your embrace.
-Caitlyn Matthews, Celtic Devotional
Because I feel starting out the day with a connection to the Divine is just as important as that first cup of coffee, the morning shower, or putting your left sock on first. It establishes a pattern, a ritual and a connection. By starting my day with this little devotional, I tie all of my morning rituals up into a spiritual act.
The devotional I am using right now is not the devotional I always use, or what I will be using once February hits. I like to change them up from time to time. There is a reason behind this too.
It helps wake me up. If I have to think about the words, my mind is more engaged in the devotional itself. This is a fairly simple devotional, and one that took me about a week to memorize. By the time January wraps up it will be too easy for sleepy me to phone it in. And that defeats the purpose.
If you are living your spiritual path every day, why not add a little morning devotional to your mundane morning rituals?
- The Importance of Devotionals – Part Two – Evening
- Sample Devotionals
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