For people who live in areas where cold, frosty mornings are a regular occurrence in winter, a car ‘auto-start’ is a great accessory. It helps ease the dread of stepping outside to face a hostile day. Standing on the inside where it is warm and starting the car certainly beats sitting in an icy cold vehicle waiting for a little heat. The pre-defrosted windows provide good visibility. The car’s warm interior provides a welcome shelter against the cold. It’s a good “start” to the day.

The social world in which we live can also be cold and inhospitable at times. Sometimes, we may be reluctant to embark on such a day. We would prefer pulling the covers over our head and staying in. Is there a spiritual auto-start we can rely on? Is there a way to start the day with a clear windshield that provides a good panorama of what lies ahead ? Is it possible to start the day with a warm and hopeful heart? The answer is: ‘Yes’.

My present vehicle has a button on the key fob that I push twice and the engine starts. I follow a similar pattern in my personal life. First, I repeat the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray: “Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever” (Matthew 6:9-11, KJV).

Secondly, I repeat (or sing) the hymn “Great Is Thy faithfulness” by Thomas Chisholm:

            Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; 
            There is no shadow of turning with thee; 
            Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; 
            As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

            Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! 
            Morning by morning new mercies I see:
            All I have needed thy hand hath provided–
            Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

            Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
            Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
            Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow:
            Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside!

Two simple steps in the morning, and we can be off and moving into the day. We can walk hand in with Jesus. His presence is there to cheer and to guide. His strength and His promises will provide all that we need. Forgiven and forgiving, He will lead us away from temptation and evil.

What a great way to start the day! Hallelujah!

~ Brother Roy

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