I will welcome the morning’s coming
as one whose loved ones return.
I will embrace the dawning of this new day
as one who has waited for good news.
I will bask in the quietness of this calm stillness
as one whose heart aches for soothing.
I will praise the Lord God who has made me
as one who has escaped the enemy’s own snare.
I will bear the burdens of this good day
as one who knows that he does not lift alone.
I will go on beyond the regrets of the past
as one who has forgiven those who did not ask.
I will believe in the glorious possibility of good things
as one who has been chosen and cherished
before his own birth.
I will praise the Risen One who has redeemed me
as one whose spirit has been crushed and broken.
I will bless those who curse me,
do good to those who despitefully use me,
return good for evil,
as one who has understood
that the abundant life
is not measured by gain nor possessions
but rather by the confession
that God’s own rain
falls upon the just and the unjust
and knows that both fields
have been mine
at one time or another.
I will walk in the grace that has saved me,
live in the love that gives me life,
believe in the faith that moves mountains,
and hope ever when it runs against hope
that Lord works for good in all things
for those that love him
and are called by his name.
I will praise him
even though I am unworthy
to speak his name.
He is God.