Dear God, I come to you in the morning gloom to become strengthened. Being with you makes me ready for the day to unfold and for me to meet it. Too often, though, I congratulate myself on the effort put into this time of devotion. I act, wrongly, as if this time with you were a discipline, a daily chore. I rise and face the world prideful over what I have accomplished.
Lord, let me see this time, rightly, as a time of comfort and restoration. Grant me power and deeper humility, that I may serve you and help others.
Glad effort lies before me, not here in my quiet room. Here lies peace.