Give thanks to the LORD because he is good, because his faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1. The Common English Bible).
Most of the time we are so focused on ourselves and all the nonsense in the world, that we don’t think enough about who God is or what God does. Perhaps we are of an age where we do not think of ourselves as the center of the universe as much as we used to. But, we are way too focused on ourselves. Our self centered egos bring us to a spiritual slumber that makes us sleep well past the alarm clock ring of God’s call upon our lives.
In The Prologue of The Rule of St. Benedict, he writes:
Let us get up then, at long last, for the Scriptures rouse us when they say: It is high time for us to arise from sleep (Rom 13:11). Let us open our eyes to the light that comes form God, and our ears to the voice from heaven that every day calls out this charge: If you hear his voice today, do not harden your hearts (Psalm 94 : 8). (RB 1980: The Rule of St. Benedict in English, p.15-16).
We rise every morning to offer our prayers of thanksgiving and praise in the Daily Office, because God’s faithful love endures forever. Though there are many things that maybe going on in our lives that seem full of darkness, doubt and despair; God’s love for and belief in us never dies out. God has more faith in us than we have in ourselves. God’s faithful love is always reaching out for us and giving a new light to our lives and bringing out into the open all that is hidden. This is why we should always give thanks to the LORD, even in moments of sorrow. God’s faithful love endures forever. May we never forget it.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB