The Seven Steps of Morning

A prayer practice for the start of a new day from Joyce Rupp in her book, Out of the Ordinary. It seems like a good one to try in the summer when the mornings are bright.

One small step is taken for each of the seven words.  After the word is announce, one small step is taken.  Stay for one or two minutes with the word (“gratitude” or “love”). Then take the next step and repeat.

My first step is that of gratitude…for the gift of another fresh day of life.

My second step is that of love…for the Holy One and for all of my dear ones.

My third step is that of hope…for the possibility of growth in each moment.

My fourth step is that of compassion…for all of creation and our deep connection.

My fifth step is that of generosity...for all that shall be asked of me this day.

My sixth step is that of laughter…for the joys that will refresh my heart.

My seventh step is that of patience…for the difficult challenges that may arise.

Giver of Life, awaken my entire being so that I can enter this day with the eagerness of one who sees beauty and truth strewn through every part of life.  Deepen my bond with you and strengthen my peace.  Amen.




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