A MORNING BLESSING
I have been given a special morning blessing several times this Summer. It usually happens on the weekends when I am not awakened by an alarm clock beeping in the dark but instead by the dawn light peeking through my window. After the first rays of sunshine pry my eyelids open, I get up, put my clothes on, and take my dogs out for their morning walk. It is while I am walking my furry friends that I get to see this special morning blessing. It is the rising sun climbing over the trees and shining down on the cemetery next to my backyard.
Every time this morning miracle occurs I gaze in awe while my dogs sit patiently by my side. The silent grave stones stand solemnly as a testament that life on this world is brief. They whisper to me that one day I too will no longer be here. They remind me that every moment here is precious and should be treasured. At the same time the glorious sun shining down on those stones gives me a fresh sense of hope for the new day ahead. It reminds me that I have at least one more day to shine brightly from my own heart and to share the light from deep within me. It helps me to start that day too with a thankful heart, a prayerful spirit, and a loving soul.
This wonderful morning blessing feels like a kiss from Heaven. I begin the day wrapped in light, love, and truth. I pet my dogs, smell the sweet summer air, and watch the last twinkling of the fireflies floating above the solitary deer nibbling grass at the far end of the meadow. I go inside smiling, knowing that God loves me and that I too can share love in this world.
This life is full of blessings in the morning, evening, and all throughout the day. It is up to us to see them, however. It is up to us to welcome them into our hearts and souls. It is up to us to be a blessing ourselves to everyone we meet. Life itself is a blessing from God. Let us always rejoice in it and be a part of it ourselves.