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I sit at my office chair, early in the morning and glance to the east-facing window to my left …

a smile crosses my face.

The sun, though still below that magic line, is lightening up the sky.

I look to my left more frequently, knowing that there will be more colors, more light with each passing minute now, until the sun rises above the horizon. Each glance filling me with more joy, more hope, more physical and mental tranquility.

I open my window and my ears are flooded with the song of the dawn chorus, as the birds sing out with the new day, unable to contain their joy.

Lamentations (3:22-23) … the book of sorrows takes a break in the middle to sing out the praises of the love of God :

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

The Psalmist (65:8) seems almost to levitate with joy :

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

… and remind us that God’s creation speaks and works for Him (19:1) :

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

… and these Psalms (113:3) tell us to use the sun as a reminder to praise Him :

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.

The great prophet, Isaiah, speaks of the sunrise numerous times. In his message about God’s covenant with the church, we are reminded that He is the light that has come and that His light covers us, as His church. We shine with His light to bring others to Him (60:1-5) :

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. “Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy …

May the Lord make His face shine upon you, today.

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