When You Roll Out Of Bed
Mornings are important. Taking charge of
the initial moments of the day is like activating
subtle triggers that will eventually determine
the mood for the whole day.
To promote their particular radio,
jockeys were inviting their listeners
tune in and "tell us the first
you spoke when you rolled out of bed.
you're the third caller, you'll win
The radio was FM-106.
The contest became very popularů Many
answers. A caller said, "Do I
coffee burning?" A rather frustrated
one, "Oh gosh, I am late again
A funny one was... "Honey, did
out the dog last night?" A muffled
was heard in the background, and then
was heard to say, "No, you didn't."
It was a comical contest and drew a
audience. One morning, however, the
call was rather uncommon. "Good
this is FM-106. You're on the air.
you say when you rolled out of bed
A voice replied, "Do you really
to know my first words in the morning?"
The lively DJ said, "Of course,
Tell us what you said." The answer
fast, "Shema, Israel ... Hear
the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
shall love the Lord your God with all
heart, with all your soul, and with
strength." There was a moment
silence. Then the radio announcer said,
wrong number" and immediately
in a commercial! Reality however is
Every morning the people of God start
day by reciting this Shema, Israel.
tells us, "Keep these words that
commanding you today in your heart.
them to your children and talk about
when you lie down and when you rise."
In this simple way, the biblical man
his mind and heart straight away to
This remembrance of God gives flavor
whole day. Even the darkest of days.
the Holocaust, hundreds of thousands
who were killed by the Nazis, were
out the words of Shema, Israel just
they died. Love is not blind. Love
only thing that sees. It is true that
times we may not able to identify His
in this world! But if we are attentive
shall at least feel his pull, his tug!
has a pull that every clean soul experiences.
When I was small, flying kites was
Today it is much less. The story goes
a man was observing a young boy out
field flying a kite. Noticing that
was something odd about the way the
standing and holding on to the string,
approaches the boy. When he was near,
realized that the boy was blind. He
"Do you like flying kites?"
boy whispered, "I sure do."
peaked the man's curiosity and he asked,
"How is that when you cannot see
The boy answered, "I may not be
to see it but I can feel it tugging!"
The words of Saint Augustine always
my heart. "By loving the unlovable,
Lord, You made me lovable."
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