The Gift of Another Morning

I’m a morning person. I know that makes me strange in the eyes of many who prefer to see the wee hours and sleep through sunrise.

Today, I’m going to share part of a devotional from Holley Gerth that reiterates my feelings about morning.

The fact it uses homonyms to do this? That’s just a bonus.

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From Devotional #60 “New Every Morning” :

I’m watching the sky turn orange. I think of how Lamentations says God’s mercies are new every morning. I’ve always thought of this in literal terms. I wonder if those words mean more than that. Whenever we make it through a stressful moment in life, isn’t it a new morning?

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

I remember seasons of grief or frustration, which finally gave way to hope and light.

Aren’t those all mornings full of God’s mercy? Psalm 30:5 says:

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Psalm 30:5 ESV

I think of the ultimate morning, the one three days after Jesus hung on a cross. A day when the disciples thought all had been lost, the darkness had won. Then came the resurrection.

We experience mourning, yes, but we are ultimately people of the morning. Even when the story ends in tragedy, it is only for this life. We have a forever morning coming.

Research shows what we think about first thing in the morning influences the course of our day. Finding a simple routine to do as soon as we wake up, like writing down three things we’re grateful for, can help.

We choose to fix our eyes on the horizon of the future, look for the first light breaking through the clouds, believe in what we can’t fully see. Oh, we’ll still experience tears, anger, and disappointment sometimes. That’s part of being human too. But we never give up hope.

A new morning is always coming. The sun will rise again, and so will we.

**Copied from Holley Gerth’s book mentioned above.

Are you a morning person? Does this short devotional give you a new perspective of mornings?

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