What does it really mean to offer your day to God? When I was a child I learned a prayer called the Morning Offering. In that prayer I offered my whole day to God, my joys, my sufferings, my prayers and my works, all to the one who gave me the day in the first place. I'm not sure I fully understood what I was saying but I do believe that praying this prayer day after day instilled in me a desire to do God's will. So when at the age of 21 I heard the call of God so clearly that I could no longer ignore it, I sent in my application to the Dominican Sisters in Sinsinawa.
Once I made this decision I promised to try to follow God’s will in all that I do. I offer each day to God. Some days are better than others. During the days of loneliness, the times of challenges, the feelings of failure, I continue to offer these to God along with the joys, and acts of service and compassion I am called to do.
On some days I feel I have nothing to offer, but I offer the day anyway, hoping God can take emptiness and with grace turn it into something worthwhile. That God can then fill me with grace. I don’t feel any different but I accept in faith that this is what God wants from me on that day. Each morning I receive the gift of a new day in gratitude and with hope in God's grace.
How do you thank God for the gift of each day?
Marie Lucek, OP