Morning Mercies

“I get blessed when I can put my feet on the floor in the morning.” Though I understood what he said, his meaning became more profound as he explained that the mere fact that God brought him through the night and woke him in the morning was proof of God’s mercy. I couldn’t argue with that. Wouldn’t want to.

Another might say that it was simply that natural processes, the autonomic functions of breathing and heartbeat that keep us going when we are asleep. Then there is that curious need to dream. It’s something beyond science at this point. Dreaming takes us into our memories and our stresses, but sometimes into our joys and delights. But when dreams go to dark places, I know I’ve woken up breathing hard with rapid heartbeat.

Sometimes I’ve had dreams where I have prayed in my dream, because I was afraid. I’ve had dreams where I’ve preached a whole message. Dreams are funny and complicated, and there are some I am glad to wake up from.

But my dreams have become less extreme since I started using my Bipap machine. Like using my Cpap before it, this machine makes sure I have enough air and don’t stop breathing. My wife noticed this a few years ago, because she would be cursed by my loud snoring. The machine has saved our marriage. And it’s probably saved my life. Because when you stop breathing, it puts extra stress on your heart. My family does not have a good heart history, so that was something I needed to be extra cautious with.

But all of these mechanical devices and assistance are just tools. The real person I have thank is God, because He preserved me all those years before the machine. And He continues to bless me every morning by waking me up so I can work on this blog. And you bless me by reading it.

So let me bless you once again, and send God’s mercies to you. God bless and have a great day!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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