I’m not someone who sleeps in, so if it is after 5 I am ready to get up. Sr. Vassa’s message this morning reminds me of the track I want to live on. I want my first thoughts to be of God, not of my plans for the day, or, worse still, of the day’s breaking news. Whether I lie there or put my feet on the ground and start the coffee, I want my prayer routine to begin.
Here’s a helpful passage (Eph 5: 14-20) for those of us who sometimes wake up before the alarm-clock goes off, and then proceed to lie there, thinking this and that, in the darkness of the early morning. I find this is not a good idea, to let myself lie there and think. It’s a better idea to pray, letting God into my day as soon as possible. Why? Because my own thoughts, when divorced from prayer in my most vulnerable moments, like the early morning, tend toward various forms of darkness and merely-human fears. “Awake, O sleeper,” the Apostle tells me in these moments, “and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.