As you probably know, compiling and publishing the North American Moravian Daily Texts represents a major part of the work of the Interprovincial Board of Communication. Every year, we translate Bible verses from German to English, assign writers to select hymns and write prayers, compile all of their great work into a book, then ship thousands of copies around the world.
While I have a copy of the Daily Texts on my bedside bookcase (and another on the Kindle in my briefcase), my interaction with the daily watchwords typically starts with a buzzing on my iPhone a few minutes after 5:00 every morning.
To me, it’s a very comforting sound. First, it means “my daily message from God that’s new every morning” has arrived in my email inbox. By picking up my phone, I can read the two inspirational Bible verses and spirit-filled prayer without having to turn on the light. It’s an ideal way to come to the surface with the Word of God.
Second, it’s my confirmation that the technology behind delivering the Daily Texts e-mail is working as it should. Nearly 15,000 subscribers greet the day with the Daily Texts in their inbox. Those Daily Texts subscribers come from all over the globe—and many aren’t Moravian. So when my phone buzzes, I know that those 15,000 people are getting the email they rely upon to start their day, too.
At the same time, our Daily Texts post on Facebook appears for the 8,700 people who’ve “Liked” our page so far. And those who “Like” the Board of Cooperative Ministries page on Facebook can see and share a graphic representation of one of the texts each day.
Later in the day, I will often pick up my printed copy to read the hymns that go with the daily watchwords. Those hymns, selected by faithful Moravians, add depth and meaning to the watchwords. (Unfortunately, copyright restrictions prevent us from including the hymns in the online versions.)
If you would like to start your day with the Daily Texts email, visit www.moravian.org and click on the “Receive daily by email” icon in the box in the upper right hand corner of the page. You can also like us on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/MoravianDailyTexts.
Mike Riess, Editor
From the January/February 2016 Moravian Magazine