One of the best ways to begin your day is to profess your love of God, even when you don’t feel it in our hearts.
The main aim of any good Christian is to love God deeply. The Love of God in question just doesn’t start and stop; it’s eternal. We are capable of beginning each day with the Love of God in our hearts. With every day that passes, we should also try to look for new ways to kindle this love, so that we love God today More than we did the previous day.
Needless to say that it is sometimes difficult to feel this Love in our hearts, especially when trials and challenges knock on our doors. Hence, we are tempted to abandon our prayer life causing our Love for God to suffer until we no longer feel it.
Meditate Like the Saints
Saint Gertrude the Great, during her time on earth, had various methods and spiritual exercises she thought could help people kindle their love for God on a daily basis.
One of the methods is Meditation, which is entirely hinged on Loving God when we wake up from sleep in the morning.
Set apart a fitting time … in the morning … and maintain yourself in union with God by praying with all your love, all your devotion and your full intention, as though Jesus, who is present in your soul, were visibly present to your bodily eyes.St. Gertrude the Great
Often it is more difficult for us to love someone we cannot see as opposed to someone we can see. While it’s impossible to see Jesus with our eyes, we can use our imagination, putting before us a picture of Jesus, as a reminder that Jesus is truly by our side physically.
Then, after this mental exercise, we can kindle within our soul, deep love of him.
O God, my God, to you do I watch at the break of day. For you my soul has thirsted … O God, you are love … In the morning you shall hear my voice, O my God, my dearest love … Let the greatness of your love triumph over all, let the infinite sanctity of your merits wrap me all around … Look down upon me and teach me to know you. You have first loved me, it is you who have chosen me, and not I who have chosen you … Show me your countenance and let me gaze upon your beauty.St. Gertrude the Great
This exercise can be made to last for a short time. It can be a powerful experience to start your day with your heart kindled in the light of God’s love for you. It can influence our actions throughout the day and reminds us where to put our priorities.
God is love. Let us start our day gazing at Love, loving him in return.