So I’ve started two simple practices:
- When I awaken, before I do anything else besides shut off the alarm, I lay still and give thanks for God’s protection through the night and offer him myself and my day, including the specifics of it I know as well as all the things that will occur about which I don’t.
- And before I go to bed, rather than read, I simply take the last moments of consciousness to review the day, to thank God for all his mercies, to offer anything up that remains undone even though I am for the day, and to trust myself to his care.
I’ve been thinking more of late of how much of my days I go through without consciously being aware of God. I still find myself far from the Apostle Paul’s “praying without ceasing.” Sometimes perhaps, it is just a brain that finds it hard to be engaged both with the matters of the moment and to engage with God. But I suspect there are deeper habits of being that play into all this.
For now at least, I want to get the bookends in place. Then, perhaps, I can work on what is between them.
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Yes, same struggle here to consciously practice Coram Deo throughout the day. Society, or all the ‘gotta do’s’ of the day, does not naturally engender at the start of a day an attitude of “Okay, God, what can I CONSCIOUSLY do today to bring glory to you?”. Nevertheless, some struggles are worth it, and this is one with eternal and cosmic consequences.
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