One of the best ways to begin your day is to profess your love of God, even when you don’t feel like doing so.
The goal of the Christian life is to love God for all eternity. We can begin that goal during our life on earth, loving God each day more and more.
However, it is not always easy to maintain that love, especially when trials and tribulations strike. We are tempted to neglect our prayer life and our love lessens each day.
St. Gertrude the Great had a method that she thought could help an individual maintain that love of God on a daily basis.
She wrote various spiritual exercises, and in one exercise, she wrote a morning meditation that was focused entirely on loving God when you wake up.
Set apart a fitting time … in the morning … and maintain yourself in union with God by praying with all your love, all your devotion and your full intention, as though Jesus, who is present in your soul, were visibly present to your bodily eyes.
Often it is easier for us to love someone when we can see them. While we can’t see Jesus with our bodily eyes, we can use our imagination, or put before ourselves a picture of Jesus, reminding ourselves that Jesus is truly beside us in a real way.