The Hope of Dawn

Dawn Over Lake of the Ozarks
photo by Tom Vander Well

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

Morning has always been one of my favorite times of the day. Each day I wake up and the sun rises it is a fresh eucatastrophe of Life. Hope comes with the dawn and I have a fresh start and a clean slate in front of me. Whatever poor choices I made yesterday, the dawn brings opportunity to make different and better choices today. I can’t change the past, but each morning I am reminded that I have this day to love well, live well, laugh well, en-joy my blessings, be a blessing to others, and join the Creator in the art of creating something new.

The prophet Jeremiah wrote in his poem of Lamentation that God’s love and compassion are “new every morning.”  Old things pass away each night, and new things come with the break of each dawn.

Today lies before me like a blank canvas. What picture will I paint in my relationships? What story will I write with my choices? I am not guaranteed a tomorrow. What will I do with this one day that is dawning; The one day I know I have before me?

Good morning.

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4 thoughts on “The Hope of Dawn”

  1. Hope of Dawn relates very well to my poem, Dawn. I feel Time itself chooses to caress it and coax it into positively meeting the morn pleasurably with the message that hopefully the rest of the day would be constructively pleasant.

  2. 1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    listen to my plea!
    Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
    I like how this verse puts God’s role in perspective. He doesn’t answer because we deserve it. He doesn’t listen and answer because its required of Him. God listens to our prayers because He is faithful and righteous. Once again, it is less about me and more about God.

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