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Ecclesiastes 3:1-5 – For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. (NRSV)

One of the great fascinations of visiting my grandparents was the wonder of listening each morning to their budgie sing! Then — a miracle to us kids — the budgie would very clearly say, "Six o'clock, time to get up!" Even we kids found this enough reason to be awake at that early hour!

"I have retired, but if there's anything that would kill me, it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do." Nelson Mandela said these words after a lifetime of being busy from morning till night, according to Zelda la Grange, who wrote his memoir with the great title, "Good Morning, Mr. Mandela: A Memoir Paperback".

There is a time and purpose for each of us to greet the dawn and begin the day that God gives us. Mandela knew that he had a vision to fulfill, and it would take his entire day, every day, to achieve it. He once said, "Action without vision is only passing time. Vision without action is merely daydreaming. Vision with action can change the world."

It's time to get up and start the day. This is your great opportunity to change the world, at least the part of it that your life will touch today! Let your morning prayer be that God will guide you through the unfolding day.

Prayer: Dear Lord, so far I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, and haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm really glad about that. But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on, I'm going to need a lot more help. Amen. (Author unknown)

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen. Thank you, Ken!


    Great prayer and so true.


    Excellent prayer. Thank you.


    Great encouragement, Kenn.


    Glad to see that you are still getting up and “at it”.


    Well done! I’ve sent to my young ones. Thank you.


    Wonderful prayer. Thank you. It put a smile on my face.


    Love that prayer at the end! Blessings and thanks for sharing.


    I love that section from Ecclesiastes. Thanks.
    (B.C.)


    Great message Ken. Keep Writing. I am just starting my day!!
    (Ontario, Canada)


    Kenneth: Thank you for writing. I just love your prayer at the end and will pray it myself. It is very good!


    Great post, inspiration to get me moving on a few projects and thanks for the morning chuckle with your prayer!


    Insightful Kenn. Especially action without vision is just passing time!
    Blessings.


    Thanks Ken, that was an inspiring devotional. Mandela was a wise sage.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for this succinct message. I have always enjoyed getting up early, and making the most of what is, to me, the best part of the day. It’s so important to ask God to guide us along the paths he wants us to take for that day. Blessings on your day!
    (Alberta)


    Oh Ken, what a wonderful start to my day! Thank you for the inspiration. I too need to have a purpose – know God’s purpose for me – which when it all boils down, comes to loving God and loving others with His love! May God guide each of us in our journey! Thanks for writing!


    Today’s devotional spoke so loud to me. In these times of pandemic, it is easy to lie in bed or not do anything. I have struggled with this on a number of occasions.
    Thank you for sharing this. God bless you.
    (Ontario)


    Kenn, you made me laugh as I acknowledged the richness of your message.
    In my mind, the day God gives is most productive, then I step into the world beyond my room – the challenges come marching.
    Thanks for the strength of your communication.


    Good morning Kenn.
    Thanks for the devotional, I may place this prayer by my computer where I will read it first thing every morning when I am doing my devotionals. Good devotional, as you always do.
    Blessings.


    Greetings Kenn,
    You have written a very mindful devotional and what a cute reflection on the morning words of the “budgie bird”. Yes, each day as we arise, we don’t know exactly what the Lord may have in store for us, but for sure, through faith we know He will be there to guide us through whatever we face.
    Blessings for your writings.


    Hi Kenn,
    I found your message relevant to my world. Thanks.
    Each Sunday, following in-person worship [seems like a long time ago] we repeat our words of vision. I liked your quote by Mandela; however, it seems that the 2nd sentence is often true for me, as well, for my fellow congregants. I pray to be more like the 3rd sentence. Thanks for the reminder.
    Blessings.


    Good morning Kenn,
    Truly a very important message that we need God to help us get through the day to avoid as much sin as possible being a human and to work at making the world around us a better place. I can truly understand why as a child you were fascinate by the budgie speaking and starting your day. My son didn’t need any help getting up in the morning and going. I used to tell him he must have planned all night in his dreams what he was going to do during the day. Thank you for sharing your memories and reminding us to start our day with God actively seeking him and his wisdom.
    May you have many more good memories to share with us and help to keep us walking with God. Blessings.


    Thank you so much for your devotional prayer. I have shared it with family friends and strangers and because there is a humorous twist to it, I am not at risk of offending anyone. More humor please!


    Oh, wow, Ken! That’s a 12-step meeting slogan you quoted there. I often used it in online meetings I share. Wonderful lines. I always love your stuff.

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