In the Stillness of the Morning

I guess that I am what you might call a morning person; I get up earlier than most. I don’t have to, I just like it. Morning is my favorite time, I like to be up long before the sun. Early morning is the time most of the posts on this blog are written, the time when the mind is clear, creativity is greatest, and when God seems so very near. I don’t want to miss such a glorious time!

I remember taking this photo six years ago. It was shortly after sunrise, the air was warm and still, and the only sound was the birds singing in the trees; it was glorious. My mind was full of praise and thanksgiving for God and His amazing creation, for His mercy, for His faithfulness.

Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.

Psalm 5:1-3

Yes indeed, glorious is only word for it. I remember when I was much younger, hearing an older preacher say that everyone should rise early to pray as Jesus did. I didn’t want to do it, for in those days I was of the opinion that getting up around 7 am was pretty early.

Boy, was I wrong.

I suppose we’re all different, and God will meet us where ever we are, but for me, the early morning is by far the best time of any day…. There’s just something about it that’s hard to describe, something different, something… special.

One time I read a letter George Washington wrote to an associate in which he spoke about his daily routine. In it he made several interesting comments, things that kind of made him come alive, seem like a real human. One of them was that he always went to bed early and rose before the sun, because people who are happiest in this life, and people who are most productive in this life, skip the foolishness of the night, and enjoy God’s presence in the morning.

George Washington was a very wise man.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to In the Stillness of the Morning

  1. Love this! I have, over the years, become a morning person as well. That means I also go to bed early. Works for me but it gives me a chance to really start my day with God. That carries me through the rest.

    Blessings.

  2. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Sweet pic, another appreciated post! Blessings!!

  3. Pingback: In the Stillness of the Morning — TLP – QuietMomentsWithGod

  4. DWMartens says:

    I think I posted this here some years ago, but it so fits what you have expressed in this post:

    I met God in the morning, When my day was at its best
    And His presence came like sunrise, Like a glory in my breast.

    All day long the Presence lingered; All day long He stayed with me;
    And we sailed in perfect calmness O’er a very troubled sea.

    Other ships were blown and battered, Other ships were sore distressed,
    But the winds that seemed to drive them Brought to us a peace and rest.

    Then I thought of other mornings, With a keen remorse of mind.
    When I too had loosed the moorings With the Presence left behind.

    So, I think I know the secret, Learned from many a troubled way;
    You must seek Him in the morning If you want Him through the day.

    Ralph Spaulding Cushman

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