Wake-up Routine, Greeting the New Day

sunriseThe steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in God.”  ~Lamentations 3:22-24

Option one: Individuals greeting the new day

As you wake-up, take a deep breath in and reach above your head as you say “Thank-you God for this day.”

As you blow out your breath wiggle your toes, extend your feet towards the foot of the bed and say “ and for new possibilities”

Repeat several times until your body is ready to roll up as you breath out, touch your toes, sit up and say: “I’m glad you are with me as I begin my work.

Option two: Waking your child or someone else in your household

Sit at your family member’s bedside, gently rub their back as you breath in and say: “Good morning [insert name]” then as you breath out “A new day is here.” Repeat several times until the person stirs.

Then on your inhale say: God has given us a new day. As you exhale say “I wonder what you will do today?” (Sit in silence inviting person to share something they are looking forward to doing that day)

Option Three: Morning Prayer

You might choose to say these words silently or with another member of your household morning and night:

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake

we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

(Episcopalian Book of Common prayer, Daily Office, An Order for Compline)

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