Once I’ve entered my day, time appears to rush by. Pursuing my rhythm of prayer as a contemplative, managing the Oratory, responding to the questions of those seeking advice, life is full. The day makes many demands and sometimes it’s a challenge maintaining my focus on God. I guess we all face that daily challenge.
If I have started my ‘day pilgrimage’ by laying a solid foundation as outlined this week, then I am better placed to reach the end of the day with a heart still resting in the Lord. It is then I once again want to encounter God.
So my day ends as it began. I tell God of the goodness I enjoy as a result of our friendship, the blessing of God. I refuse to let life and my daily experience silence me. Regardless of the wounds inflicted through my daily interactions, I declare what I know is true of God, despite my feelings. I remind myself I’m God’s servant and have the privilege of partnering with him and enjoying the strength that he alone can bring. As Paul declared in 2 Corinthians 12:10, in weakness I shall discover a place of strength. I choose, by an act of my will, to step away from my troubles, into the embrace of my God. I acknowledge my failures before accepting God’s forgiveness. This is an essential part of my day so that I close my eyes at the point at which, hours earlier, I opened them.
May each day offer you the opportunity and the challenge of a fresh pilgrimage in the grace of God. It is your privilege and opportunity to learn to bless God from dawn to dusk.
Can you see each day as a fresh chance to live in harmony with God?
May I greet you each morning, end each day with gratitude and live in contentment with you.
Photo – Exeter Cathedral