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Published 9-27-10

William Webber, Sheila Forsythe, Book of Psalms


Dear Readers,

I read somewhere that it's important to awaken each day by getting
up on your own, not waiting for an alarm to shake you from sleep.
Yeah, well, that doesn't happen very often to me. I'm a hit-the-
snooze-button and finally-stumble-to-the-kitchen kind of person.
So much for Carpe Diem.

Once awake, though, we can take a moment to ask God to open
our eyes to the day: its beauty, its light, miracles and its needs.
Then we are more than nominally awake; we are aware.

- Lisa

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sunset in the desert 
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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


Let me unwrap the gift of this new day

And view its contents as an innocent child

Accepts the world: with eyes that see the way

To sun beyond dark clouds, where skies are mild;

With voice that lifts in prayer, as birds praise dawn;

With hands that touch each miracle, in awe

Of budding leaves or flowers on a lawn

Or furry friends with hoof and horn and paw.

Lead me along a path where I will find

In all the precious hours that stretch before,

The chance to help, to listen, to be kind;

To heal the wounds that make the world heartsore.

Oh, let me fill each second so that I

May greet the day with an appreciative eye.

Sheila Forsythe

From "Bedside Prayers,"
by June Cotner
HarperSanFrancisco, 1997

The Last Word:

Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, O Lord,
among the nations;
I will sing of you
among the peoples.

Psalm 57:8-9
The Holy Bible
New International Version






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

George Washington (1732-1799)
First President of the United States


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