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William Webber, the Modeh Ani, Maya Angelou, George Dawson, Ella Schenck


Dear Readers,

Just as the birds sing praises every morning to Him who made them,
so too, can we joyously start our day in gratitude for daily renewal.

- Lisa

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Dear God,

Open my eyes to the beauty of this day.

The yellow of an egg yolk in a blue bowl.

The scent of bacon frying in the pan.

The soft caress of the morning breeze.

The sound of children at play.

Awaken my senses.

Let me see, hear, and feel the beauty around me.

And be aware of the presence of the Great Artist in my everyday world.

William Webber
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I offer thanks to You,
O living and everlasting king,
for having restored my soul within me;
great is your faithfulness.

The Modeh Ani
Jewish morning prayer


Our first conscious act of the day is to avow
our indebtedness and gratitude to our Creator...

The Modeh Ani prayer exploits a most unique
moment of our day - the moment that lies at
the threshold of wakefulness, the moment that
straddles the conscious and supra-conscious
domains of our day...

(A)s we move from the liberating hours of sleep
to a day of conscious thought, a most unique
opportunity presents itself: the opportunity
to express to ourselves a truth that inhabits
our deepest selves, to declare what we
already know to the awaiting day.


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Here, poet and author Maya Angelou recounts the memory
of her grandmother's early morning prayers - as only she can.

During the picking season my grandmother would get out of bed at four o'clock
(she never used an alarm clock) and creak down to her knees and chant in a
sleep-filled voice, "Our Father, thank you that you didn't allow the bed I lay
on last night to be my cooling board, nor my blanket my winding sheet.
Guide my feet this day along the straight and narrow, and help me to
put a bridle on my tongue.  Bless this house, and everybody in it.
Thank you, in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, Amen."

Excerpted from "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,"
by Maya Angelou (1928 - )
American poet and autobiographer


Almighty God, we bless and praise Thee that we have
wakened to another earthly day; and now we will think
of what a day should be.

Our days are Thine, let them be spent for Thee.
Our days are few, let them be spent with care.
We pray Thee to shine on this day--the day
which we may call our own.

From a prayer by George Dawson (1821-1876)
English non-conformist preacher

The Last Word:

O, clothe me in Thy beauty, this I pray;
Let me reveal Thee, Lord, throughout the day.

From "Morning Prayer,"
by Ella Syfers Schenck (d. 1964)































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.

Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968)
American actress


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