What's the first thing you say in a day? Maybe it's not even expressed in words, but thoughts. What's the first thought that pops into your head? Is it how tired you are, that you wish you didn't have to get up? Is it a groan? I know for myself, that's definitely the case most mornings. If this is our first reaction each morning, how can we possibly feel motivated to get up and be good, loving people of God for others? Think about how excited you would be some days as a child, to get up and embrace the day (especially Christmas morning). You'd literally jump out of bed, rush into your parents room and shake them awake, sharing your excitement with them. Think if we could go back to this mindframe in the morning, child-like joy, the kind that fills you with excitement for anything that the day may bring. So many of us are going through the motions each day, overcome by stress and lacking any energy to truly be the best version of ourselves. So what's the first thing you think of every morning? Perhaps it's time to call on God first thing, asking for the strength to face the day with joy and love.
Today's Gospel states:'Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decap'olis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him. And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Eph'phatha," that is, "Be opened." And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak"'(Mark 7:31-37).
Today's reading talks about the man who is deaf, seeking healing from Jesus. Think about this, if you were this man who could hear, couldn't really speak for years on end. Then one day, you meet Jesus, and because of your faith, you're healed. You can hear, you can speak. What would be the first thing you'd say, the first thing you'd want to hear? I'm sure his first thoughts each morning were hard, yearning to be brought to healing. Yet, he held his faith. From that point on, they would be thoughts of joy, excitement to face the day, making up for all years that had been lost to hearing, to embracing life. We are so very blessed, for the lives we have. There are always going to be struggles, but each day we have, we should be thankful, and even more so, embrace it from thw moment we arise, thanking God for the day and facing it with joy and excitement for all God has in store for us. Do you face each morning with joy? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you be excited for every day you wake up and to be joyful, ready to do His will.
Today we pray:
Thank You for this life You've given to me. I am so very blessed. Help me to be thankful and joyful each morning, ready to face anything You have for me.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.