Modeh Ani (Give thanks, I)

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

What were your first thoughts when you awoke this morning?

The Jews are told that, on waking, their first thought should be that they are in the presence of God.

Therefore, each morning, while still in bed, before the ceremonial washing of the hands, a Jew repeats the Modeh Ani. 

Modeh Ani translates to mean  “I give thanks”.

The English version of this prayer, according to Wikepedia goes like this:

I give thanks before You, King living and eternal, for You have returned within me my soul with compassion; abundant is Your faithfulness!

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, the Jews believe that each time they went to sleep, they experience a “minor death” and so they are thankful to Adonia for returning their souls to their bodies thus granting them life for one more day.

This prayer ends with the words of today’s scripture, “Great (abundant) is Thy faithfulness”.

There is a saying that in life, the only things we can be certain of are death and taxes.  There is no guarantee that we will live to see another day, and when we do, we should be grateful.

We are not Jews, and are under no obligations to follow the Jewish laws and customs; however, the giving of thanks to God for another day is a healthy practice. Let us start our day with gratitude to our heavenly Father. 

Psalm 3:5 AMP states I lay down and slept [safely]; I awakened, for the Lord sustains me.

He is a good God and a good Father.  We, His children have received many gifts from Him, gifts that we did not earn.  One of the greatest gifts we have ever received is life, and most of us, unless our lives are threatened in one way or another, do not stop to think of how precious it is.

God is merciful, compassionate and faithful.  He, it is, Who gives life and He, it is, Who can take it away.  His word tells us in Matthew 10:28 NLT “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

As we awaken each morning, let us pause and give God thanks for one more day. Let us thank Him for returning “our soul” to our bodies.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for watching over us as we sleep, and for giving us one more day to prove Your love.  Help us recognize and be grateful for the gift of life.  Amen

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