3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Genesis 1:3-5, NRSV
Most of my mornings begin in the woods. Not far from our house, there’s a public park of forest trails along the creek. Most of my mornings begin there… along the creek, amongst the trees.
When I head out in the morning for a walk or a run, I don’t usually wear headphones. I don’t often play music. I prefer the sounds of the forest, especially as it awakens in the spring. The sound of birds chirping. The sound of squirrels scurrying. The sound of water cascading over rocks. This is my morning soundtrack.
Sometimes, my mind’s ear calls up a song, a soundtrack for my morning walk in the woods. This morning, it was “Morning Has Broken” — drifting and alternating between the traditional hymn version and the Cat Stevens version.
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word.
Morning has broken, like the first morning… and it’s as good today as Genesis tells us it was on the first day. So give praise for the morning, church! Give thanks for this morning, this gift that is “good.” If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s gratefulness for every new day.
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Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
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