A Prayer to Enter the Day with God in Heart and Mind

A daily prayer from Rev. Jeff Gannon, via Sr. Joyce Rupp

One of my favorite authors is a Roman Catholic nun, Sr. Joyce Rupp. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa. I taught the following prayer to my Confirmation Class as a brief way to enter the day with God in heart and mind. I find her prayer to be a means of grace and grounding, so I enter the day centered in Christ. Please join me in offering this prayer each day.

–Rev. Jeff Gannon, senior pastor


Daily Morning Prayer

  1. Offering the Creator praise and gratitude:
    Stretch your arms high and wide above your head.
    I thank you, Holy One, for the gift of another day of life.
  2. Intentionally being aware of my spiritual bond with all of creation:
    Hold arms out from your sides, a little below shoulder height. Move (pivot) to the left and to the right with your arms stretching outward toward the cosmos.
    I reach out in compassion to my sisters and brothers throughout the universe.
  3. Offering my life to the Holy One:
    Stretch your arms out straight in front of you, slightly apart, palms up.
    I give to you all I am and all I have.
  4. Opening to accept what the Holy One offers me this day:
    Pull your hands close together and cup them as a container.
    I open my entire being to receive the gift that you have waiting for me in this new day.
  5. Remembering to be kind to our planet Earth:
    Bend over, reach down, and touch the floor, or better yet, the ground, if you are outside.
    I touch this planet, Earth, with awe, reverence, and gratitude, promising to care well for her today.
  6. Awareness of the indwelling presence of the Holy One:
    Stand up, cross hands over your heart, and bow to the waist.
    May I be united with you throughout this day, aware of your love strengthening me and shining through me.


From Out of the Ordinary: Prayers, Poems and Reflections for Every Season by Joyce Rupp.

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