There is great power in reading a short spiritual message first thing in the morning. It sets your mind in the right direction.
And if you are like me, you do not awaken with a cheery smile on your lips.
Nor do you have a really positive outlook about the day ahead — except on those special occasions like Graduation or Christmas.
Here is a list of four sources of free spiritual thoughts-for-the-day. I have used each of them over the years. Not all at one time, of course.
You may want to select one to see what it is like. And if you aren’t carried away by its messages, then select another.
Here is one that I used for many years. It has a deep spiritual essence and is always related to a Biblical verse.
Its url is — http://www.dailyword.com
A very Christian thought-for-the-day comes from Our Daily Bread.
Its url is http://odb.org
Todays’ thoughts are appropriate for me, a lover of the outdoors. It hits the nail on the head about life, growth, death and resurrection. So I’m adding it here:
I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. John 11:25
Through cold, snowy winters, the hope of spring sustains those of us who live in Michigan. May is the month when that hope is rewarded. The transformation is remarkable.
Limbs that look lifeless on May 1 turn into branches that wave green leafy greetings by month’s end. Although the change each day is imperceptible, by the end of the month the woods in my yard have changed from gray to green.
God has built into creation a cycle of rest and renewal. What looks like death to us is rest to God. And just as rest is preparation for renewal, death is preparation for resurrection.
I love watching the woods awaken every spring, for it reminds me that death is a temporary condition and that its purpose is to prepare for new life, a new beginning, for something even better. “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24).
While pollen is a springtime nuisance, making people sneeze, it reminds me that God is in the business of keeping things alive. And after the pain of death, He promises a glorious resurrection for those who believe in His Son.
Read these encouraging verses that remind us of the hope of resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58.
Every new leaf of springtime is a reminder of our promised resurrection.
Another, that sends the most profound spiritual thoughts is the School of Practical Philosophy of New Zealand.
Its url is http://www.philosophy.school.nz/thoughts/
Then one with similarly deep philosophical thoughts, somewhat oriented to the East is Ecknath Easwaran’s Blue Mountain Center of Meditation.
It’s url is http://www.easwaran.org/
And a really good one is mainly for folks in twelfth step programs comes from the Hazelden Betty Ford rehab. Each day they send meditations, thoughts and prayers for the day from the Twenty-Four Hours a Day book.
So, if you haven’t read the book for today,
here is the url http://hazeldenbettyford.org/
I’m preparing a book for geezers about hiking, spirituality, and how to have blissful sunset years. If you have questions that ought to be dealt with in my book please let me know.
Send your thoughts to me direct at: Backpackerbill@taosnet.com