Paul advises us to live thoughtfully, but joyfully, living “under the
influence” – but under the influence of the Holy Spirit, not under the
influence of alcohol. What are the primary influences in your life?
What makes your heart sing?
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be
filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns,
and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the
Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The night has passed, the sun shines its light upon us, and the day
lies open before me. As I rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may
the light of your presence fill me with love for you and my fellow
man, holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Abide with me, I pray,
now and forever.
I pray that I may be blessed every step of my path this day by the
great God of light. May your sun shine upon me; as the moon moves the
tide, may your Spirit move my emotions with every grace and magic; may
my heart sing with the voice of your angels and my hearth be warm; and
may this and every blessed day You have given me be filled with joy.