Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Waking Up to God Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Waking Up to God Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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How wonderful it would be to wake up happy each day. This would make quite a difference to us and to the world.

One day I heard a group of friends discussing what they did on waking each morning. One of them recommended deep breathing. Another did push-ups, and someone else jumped into the shower. Then one member of the group spoke up and said she always started her day by declaring, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." That's a verse from Psalms in the Bible (118:24). The comment created a stunned silence for a few moments. Then someone remarked that it came from a psalm, but added, "I never thought of using it like that." They all agreed, however, that this positive attitude made a lot of sense.

Why not wake up with joy? Why not wake with gratitude and rejoicing? You don't even have to get out of bed before you do it! Beginning your day by turning to God, you get out of bed on the right side. You fall into line with what is good, and feel better as a result. Turning to God is turning to the source of all good. Tuning in to Him is the most beneficial thing you can do. Tuning, turning, falling into line, are ways of describing the lifting up of thought. In Bible language, it is praising and glorifying God's name. Imagine trying to dry your hair or boiling a kettle of water without plugging into the electrical current or the gas mains. It would be pretty pointless. Because God, divine Love, is the source of all happiness, health, and well-being -- all good -- we find true happiness only as we turn to Him. The time to start is right at the outset of the day. The Bible says in the book of Isaiah, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters" (55:1). The "waters" of God's love are unfluctuating and unfailing. It is vital to be receptive to this fact, to draw near to Him, and to receive the thoughts and ideas that come from God. Praising God is an effective way of drawing near Him. It is impossible to stay sad, lonely, or miserable when you're truly praising. This is because in praise we're actually magnifying what is good. …

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