This sturdy iron bench in the background of the photo is a quiet place where I sit everyday for twenty minutes or half an hour enjoying my mornings. It’s one of three benches under the portico that serves the entire community living in this Texas high rise apartment building converted from a Sheraton Hotel. All residents enjoy this area and many gather here during the daytime and into the evenings. A few early risers spend time out here near the hour of sunrise and linger for a while as I do.
One man takes a walk while talking on his cell phone. Another sits on a bench at a table in the open air a small distance away from the portico. He also talks on his cell phone. This is what we all do in this age of technology, isn’t it? We hold the world close at hand at all times. When we wish to be alone, we don’t mean A L O N E without access to our brothers and sisters all over the globe. I must confess to using my quiet time not only to ponder and reflect but also to send my brother a morning email from my phone. I tell him what the weather is like as though he could not look out the window and see for himself. We both live in the same town, but this is what I do.
I begin my day in this quiet place gazing into the sky, mostly blue, sometimes cloudy, and once in a while gray and gloomy. Whatever the weather with a tumbler of coffee and cream and cell phone at ready in my pocket, I welcome this brief encounter with morning.
Accessories to morning encounter: Coffee, Cell Phone
The reason for morning encounter: Time to clear my thoughts and plan my day
Jeremiah 29:11 – The Bible: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Ah, God is good. Another day, another beautiful morning.