Morning Kisses (by Len Winneroski)

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” – Mark 1:35-37

Silence is a gift that most people don’t take the time to open. I have always loved to get up early, before anyone else in the house is awake. It is my favorite time of the day because there are absolutely no demands on me for a few brief, wonderful, moments. It is my time to pray, think, read Scripture, write, and just be. Like right now.

If it is totally silent, you can think more clearly (a cup of coffee helps). You can perceive things that you could never perceive in the hustle and bustle of the day. The early morning is my time to connect with the Creator of the Universe in a more focused and productive way. When you are not distracted, you can hear and feel the sweet voice of the Holy Spirit communicating with your heart.

Sometimes I laugh or cry, which I know sounds weird, and maybe even concerning, but when you feel God’s tangible presence, His peace and joy, it can be overwhelming sometimes.

What blows my mind is the fact that God enjoys spending this sweet quiet time with His children just as much, or more, than we do.

I understand that it is a sacrifice to give up an hour of sleep, and that the price of admission for morning quiet time is some daytime drowsiness, but I have always found that this price is small compared to the blessing. Besides power naps a a blessing too when you can sneak one in!

I am so thankful for my good friend, and strong brother in the Lord, Steve. Steve encouraged us to get up early enough to see the sunrise at the Grand Canyon when we were there a few summers ago. If you have never experienced a sunrise at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, you need to if at all possible. God speaks to your head and heart in His Word, the Bible, but He also speaks to your heart through His Creation for those who chose to listen and acknowledge His presence. I’ll finish this manna with a few memories of God’s morning kisses to my heart over the years. Jesus loves you so, so much my dear brothers and sisters and He always has a place at His table for you.

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