The grandson I wrote this devotion about, Jameson, is turning ten years old this month. Since I wrote this devotion, we have been blessed with a second grandson. The feelings of awe, praise, and love have continued. These boys are growing up in a loving home and are an active part of their church family in central North Carolina. We live only a few hours from our son and his family, so we are able to stay involved in their lives.
The unstructured and spontaneous prayer I mentioned in today’s devotion makes me feel closer to God during the whole day. Realizing that any moment can turn into prayer allows me to be more grateful and aware of the blessings in my life. On my daily walk, I pray for my neighbors as I pass their homes. I pray to be a blessing to my students as I work with them as a substitute teacher, and I try to slip in my Christian values through my actions.
While writing this devotion I searched my Bible to find scriptures that would complement my thoughts. This led to me take on the challenge that my pastor suggested—to read the entire Bible in a year. Now that accomplishment is almost complete, and I look forward to beginning again in January.
The structure of a daily devotion and Bible reading time ensures that I praise God in a planned scheduled time each day. But the birth of our first grandson showed me that I could praise God through observing and adoring God’s creation and blessings any time. I encourage you to take a minute when you sit down for your personal devotion time, before you start, to notice your surroundings. Thank God for simple things like the beautiful sky, whether stormy or clear, the aroma of your morning coffee or tea, the quiet calm of the morning or the noisy bustle of your family starting the day. All these things are worthy of your offering praise to God.
Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. — Psalm 118:28
Joining friends at The Upper Room in morning prayer on Facebook Live has been an anchor in the storm during recent weeks. In the chaos of trying to figure out how to do ministry in strange and uncertain times, it was a compelling call to stop, breathe, listen, and be in community with those who gather "where the world meets to pray." Join us each day for morning prayer.