Week 22 Wednesday

Night Watch

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 63-65

Key verses: Psalm 63:6-8

I was up early today, at least for awhile. A cup of “English Breakfast” tea warmed my body; a little prayer time warmed my soul.

I’m not much of a “morning person.” More often, if I am involved in something interesting and get a second wind I am more of a night owl type. This tendency is exacerbated by the fact that I drink too much coffee.

But, I do have my morning moments. It is so quiet; so dark. I stumble to the kitchen to fix tea, not quite ready for my morning coffee jolt yet. And, as I sit quietly, prayer comes easily. What I love most about these times of prayer is that they tend to be the times I spend listening for God rather than talking.

It’s not so much that I “hear” His voice. It’s more a sense of Holy Presence; a peacefulness that I can’t quite describe. And, often, I feel some clarity about an issue that I have been pondering.

I think King David understood such moments. Long ago he wrote,

“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.”

Whether you are a naturally born “morning person” or a night owl – I highly recommend you spend some time thinking of God “through the watches of the night.”

Before the responsibilities weigh heavily upon you; before the children come screaming for attention; before the alarm beeps or you have to start answering your e-mail – just sit – and listen, maybe with a good, warm cup of tea.

God may just drop by for a nice conversation. And, even if neither of you say a word, it will still be time well spent.

Prayer: Thank you God, for your visits, whenever they come. AMEN.

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