New day, new experience with God


Lord God,

It's another glorious day 

that could've slipped past me without me noticing

or thanking you for it.

Another sunrise I almost missed.

But you whispered, "Come see me"

as I lay in bed.

So I came to the quiet place to meet you.

Thank you.

Then an hour flew by in worship and contemplation,

just because I took the time to watch you paint a sunrise. 

It peeked over the horizon and hung itself in the bright blue sky.

I've taken off two days because I knew that my soul needed you

more than I needed to get things done.

It took me a whole day just to make peace with doing nothing but listen.

Forgive me.

I'm sorry I let myself get out of touch with you.

How often I miss you because I'm too busy serving you!

In a flurry to do good and make a difference,

I limit you from making a difference in me

because I'm not fully present with you.

And no matter how many times I realize that I do this--

no matter how many times I ask forgiveness for not spending time with you,

waiting for you

and listening to you--

you always show up.

Like the sunrise over the ocean every morning.

First your glow,

then your radiant color,

then your blaze of glory.

That's how you show up,

when I let you in.

Lord, come in.

Shine in me and through me and all around me.

I want your Spirit and your love to be blinding 

when you rest in me.

You are always present here, waiting for me,

even when I don't come.

You are Jehovah Shammah,

and I am in awe of you.

In Jesus' name,


God is present in the company of the righteous. (Psalm 14:5)

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)


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