Each morning I say my morning offering, giving my day to the Lord, asking for his help. If I’m not careful it can be a prayer I say without stopping to realize what I’m saying.
Today I read a different morning prayer that touched my spirit. It reads, “Open your way before us as we set out on this day’s journey and guide us to our journey’s end, that, when evening comes, we may enter the courts of your presence rejoicing”. (ref. Magnificat, 10-14-20)
So much happens in a day. As the words of the beautiful hymn “Amazing Grace” remind us “thru many dangers, toils, and snares we have already come…tis grace that’s kept us safe thus far, and grace will lead us home.”
Our son Dave was home for a few days to attend a friend’s wedding. We took him to the airport on Monday morning at 7:00am to fly home to Nashville. I thought about his journey over that brief time…. traveling many miles, in and out of planes, , to a wedding, to New York for a baptism, some work at our home, time with several of his siblings and his mom and dad…a lot of things happened during this journey. Truly, there were “many dangers, toils, and snares” during this brief journey… most he probably didn’t notice…. yet grace kept him safe.
Think about all the journeys that each of us takes. God protects us constantly. One trip on the Garden State Parkway during rush hour…incredible that anyone survives. We’ve driven to Michigan several times… route 80 thru construction and snowy weather.. one bad decision by only one driver could have spelled disaster…but God protected us.
Each of us can easily come up with our own list of “dangers, toils, and snares”…. yet here we are safe, and hopefully grateful to the Lord for watching over us.
So, as we begin this next day, let us say to the Lord,
“Open your way before us as we set out on this day’s journey and guide us to our journey’s end, that, when evening comes, we may enter the courts of your presence rejoicing”.
And one day after we have our final journey, may it end in the courts of the Lord, with each of us forever rejoicing.