Early One Morning

April 9, 2002
by Rod Marshall

Matthew 6:6-8 – But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (NIV)

Early one morning, I awoke, and wrote a few things down from my discussion with the Lord, that have developed into a sense of what the Lord was saying to me:

    I love to hear the sound of your voice, what you want to say to me, day by day, hour by hour, and second by second. I am keen to hear how your day has gone, and what has happened in your daily walk, to you, to your community, and to those who are close to you: the how, who, what, where, when, and why. What holds your mind for the day ahead?

    I may already know, but it is no more important to me to be omniscient, than it is good to hear of life from your perspective, to share in your emotion and delight. I care about what you think and do.

    Sometimes the sound of your silence behind the words is deafening. It saddens me to see your struggle through the day, sometimes without more than a fleeting nod or thought for me and mine.

    In the stillness, or in the midst of the rush of the day, come closer, and hear what I have to say. Allow me to take away the tears and fear. Ask me, and I will grant you my peace, for I am always by your side, ready, willing, and able. That is why I came. Nothing can separate you from my love, for you and others who hear my voice.

    Rejoice with me, rejoice in me, and come. Today I have much for you to see, if you are willing. You are welcome to be at my side. Only remember who I am, and who comes with me, for all things are weighed, and I am holy. Come properly dressed.

John 10:27 – My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (NIV)

Prayer: Lord, forgive what is past and enable us to let go too. Show us the way to look ahead with you today. We ask for the presence of Jesus to come into our lives, so that once more we can be what you want us to be: us in You. Amen.

About the author:

Rod Marshall <roderickmarshall@yahoo.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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