This post has been making me think in the last few days. It’s an excellent question, and not one I’ve found myself able to answer. I have been unable to get past the phrase “Morning Ponder”, and have been pondering the morning. Perhaps that is inevitable, given my post last week about the struggle to pray sometimes (Last week in Cromer). In the second addition of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius says:
When I wake up, I will not permit my thoughts to roam at random, but will turn my mind at once to the subject I am about to contemplate…The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; trans Louis J. Puhl, S.J.
While making the Exercises, the point is to direct my attention and focus to the meditation and prayer I am about to engage with, but what about in every day life? And so, in the last few days I have been pondering the question:
What are my first thoughts in the morning?
They are not what they used to be. My first thought used to be”Where are my children?” but now that they are grown, my head is singing the song that my alarm is set to play to wake me up.
This is my call to morning prayer, and on a good day, it only plays once before I get up and make my way to my prayer spot to meet Him. There are worse ways to begin the day; this is one of the best. What are your first thoughts in the morning?