Monday, April 25, 2016

Morning Has Broken

I took this sunrise photo recently and what came to my mind, is a favorite hymn called "Morning Has Broken".  Written by Eleanor Farjeon in 1931, the poem achieved international fame when the lyrics were put to music by Cat Stevens in 1971.  It became a hit, rising high in the charts both in the United States and the UK.  Part of the attraction of this hymn, is not to take each day for granted but rather gratitude of experiencing a new day....
Mine is the sunlight,
mine is the morning
Born of the one light,
Eden saw play
Praise with elation,
praise every morning
God's recreation
of the new day.

As it was on the first day in the Garden of Eden, this song of praise is a reminder of creation giving thanks to the Creator in the dawn of morning.   However, as our human condition became broken since the fall in Eden, there are days when mornings are less than glorious.  Times of adversity, disappointments and depression can block an internal sunrise in aspirations of newness of life.  None of us are immune to the hardships in life since we have all experienced the good and bad times in living.  During those 'less than perfect days', there is an antidote to the toxin of sadness and despair when it overtakes and shadows any remote sense of happiness.  

This song talks of praising God.  What is praise exactly??  Some definitions are but not limited to...
admire, commend, cheer, compliment, approve, grateful homage.  I have heard it said that praise is the devil's death knoll as it dispels darkness.   Praise brings sunshine into a gray day.... and morning has broken!  I return to a recent quote that I used in a past post that states:  "There is beauty laced within this day... be courageous enough to find it, be kind enough to share it and at the end of the day, be wise enough to let it go."

Be sure to check out this You Tube Video of Cat Stevens singing "Morning Has Broken" and be encouraged.....

Until we meet again at The Turn-Up Patch on Monday, May 9th.... 

1 comment:

  1. Thank You Colleen! Might I also recommend a bit of Merle Haggard, for balance?