A prayer for Sunday morning

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Lord, it’s hard for me, as you know, to sleep on Sunday mornings. Almost as soon as I open my eyes, my mind goes to work – the adult ed class I will teach, the sermon I’ve prepared, the people I am hoping to see.

So, I sit at my desk – half-awake, in the early light – and I contemplate the day, this day, the day you have made. (I’m not quite ready to rejoice and be glad in it, though that will come.)

I like the sermon I’ve prepared. It’s got a couple of good laugh lines and also what my father-in-law used to call “meat-and-potatoes.”

It’s not unusual for me to feel good about the sermon at this point in the morning. What happens is that I probably won’t like it so much in a few hours, but then we’ve been all through that, haven’t we, Lord?

I promise to give it my best, and then I’ll try not to spend the rest of the day criticizing it and thinking of all the ways it could have been better.

As for the people, I’m grateful for them.

I’m amazed, frankly, that any of them will show up. It’s such a gloomy, rainy, chilly day that I wonder if I would take a shower, get dressed, and go to church, if I didn’t have to be there. I’d be tempted to tell the preacher later in the week how I can contemplate you just by looking out of my window with a cup of coffee in my hand, which is pretty much what I’m doing right now.

But that’s just the thing: not many of them do that – stay home, I mean. The church, I know from experience, will be mostly full. And there will be lots of children too, a couple hundred of them, thinking that it’s the most natural thing in the world to go to church on Sunday morning. Little do they know.

I am grateful for this day, Lord, for this gift you have given me to do what I love to do. May it be a good day – for you and for us.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.

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7 Responses to A prayer for Sunday morning

  1. Bob Sadowski March 24, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    I too am grateful for this day, although Monday is harder to start than Sunday, but we have a dog that is ready to go outside at 4:30 so I have to get up, then she wants her breakfast so I might as well stay up. My new schedule allows me to get some things done in the morning since I don’t start until 9:30.

    • Doug March 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      Am glad that my dog seems to honor my early morning prayer time … by sleeping through it!

  2. Bill Iverson March 24, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    I heartily agree with Doug, especially my wife, for getting up and going on Sunday morns’ for early service takes a while but worth it to be with friends who have done the same making it all worthwhile to rejoice in the house of our Lord.

    • Doug March 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      Am glad to have shared many, many Sunday mornings with members of your family, Bill.

  3. Earl Mogk March 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    That is the best part of your story. Waking up to the Lord each day, gives it the best start ever.

    Earl Mogk

    • Doug March 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Earl, I seem to remember that you start each day with a “what can I do for you today, Lord?” Was always inspiring to me to hear you say it.

  4. Georgia Hamilton March 29, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    Thank you for letting us into your Saturday and Sunday morning thoughts/prayers, Doug. I’m ashamed to admit I don’t always let the Lord in until I don’t know where else to turn! I should try your approach.

    Blessings,
    Georgia

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