How to get out of bed

Good morning, Andrew – and everyone else!

Friday, 24 August.  It’s a lovely morning on Swanage beach, watching the granddaughters splashing in the waves.

Suddenly my android phone pings a notification.  It’s an email from northern Argentina of all places.  Andrew Leake wants to know what has happened to this week’s emailing – and he wants to get up.

He writes (and here I quote without permission):  “You have me hooked on your Friday email reflection. I tend to read it before I get up. Looking forward to today’s instalment.”

For the record I did consider writing a blog there and then from my deckchair so that our mission partner could get out of bed – but I simply cannot write fluently using my thumbs onto a tiny screen.

So I sent Andrew a rather tame apology, pointing out that I had send two weeks worth of notices the previous Friday.

But I know what Andrew means.  How do we start the day?  If I can ask a personal question, how do you get out of bed?

I was very much influenced by the American singer, Don Francisco, one of his songs in particular, “The Lord and I together.” (1981).

When I wake up in the morning put my feet on the floor I set my heart in the right direction.

Let the world be driven by its worries and fears, my faith is in the resurrection.

By the power of the Spirit living in me

I know the Devil cannot hold a candle.

There is nothing gonna happen today

that the Lord and I together can’t handle!

It’s not quite the poetry of Edward Caswell – his translation of Lutheran hymn

When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries:

May Jesus Christ be praised!

Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair:

May Jesus Christ be praised!

But he makes the same point.

Our first minute of a new day has huge potential – it may be one of praise or of resignation.  It may well set the tone for the whole day.

So it’s good to have a simply prayer or phrase for awaking.  Clearly it has to be simple, short, with some content – and above all positive.

Here’s one Celtic prayer on awaking:  you can simply use the last line.

You refresh our bodies with sleep

and waken us to face

the challenges of a new dawn.

Help us to live this day to your glory.

I have my own very simply prayer as the teasmade hisses– “Lord, may I honour you this day.”

However, my favourite which I picked up from a colleague of Colin Urquhart years ago – and some of you will have heard me use this over the years.  It says everything.

“Another day of victory!”