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If you have a tough time rising in the morning, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong suggests starting with a prayer of gratitude to ke Akua for a beautiful day, and another opportunity to use his grace to make someone’s life better.

Weekly devotional: Start the day mana-filled

Nov. 8, 2020

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

 

Heluhelu Baibala

Akā, e ʻoli aku au i kou mana: ʻO ia hoʻi, e
hīmeni leo nui aku au i kou aloha i ke
kakahiaka; No ka mea, he wahi malu aʻe
nei ʻoe noʻu, He puʻuhonua i koʻu lā i
pōpilikia ai.

E koʻu Ikaika, iā ʻoe nō wau e mele
aku ai: No ka mea, ʻo ke Akua nō koʻu
wahi e malu ai, ʻo koʻu Akua aloha mai.- Nā Halelū 59:16-17

 

But as for me, I shall sing of Your
strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your
loving kindness in the morning, for You
have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress.

O my strength, I will sing praises to
You; For God is my stronghold, the God
who shows me loving kindness.
Psalms 59:16-17

 

He manaʻo o ke kahu

The alarm goes off and you hit the snooze bar thinking, “Just another ten minutes. That’s all I need and I’ll be ready to get out of bed…” The ten minutes go by and you’re tempted to hit the snooze bar again.

It’s so tough to get moving in the morning. I’ve had many of those days. I found that motivation and a cup of Folgers Coffee just doesn’t do it. Does that sound like you?

One of the blessings that I get many mornings is looking out of my front window at a beautiful sunrise. As I fill my Hydro Flask with wai, I mahalo ke Akua for granting me another day to live for him, to seek to make a difference in someone’s life. Whether its sharing a good word, or lifting someone’s trouble up in prayer, I hope to make someone’s day better.

I know that is not possible on my own but totally possible through the strength that God gives me. This is the mana that I need to get moving.

As Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us:

No ka lokomaikaʻi o Iēhova, ʻaʻole kākou i ʻānai ʻia;
No ka pau ʻole hoʻi o kona aloha.
He hou mai nō i nā kakahiaka a pau;
Ua nui loa nō kou ʻoiaʻiʻo.

The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never ceases
For His compassions never fails.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

Grasp onto ka lokomaikaʻi o Iēhova (grace of God), which is new every morning, and let it fill you, let it move you, so you can share it with others. Take a moment each kakahiaka (morning) to be mana-filled so you might be ke Akua’s mea hana (tool) that His will might be done – and may you be blessed as you do so.



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