The early morning is almost quiet. As the day begins earlier and the sky is light as early as 5:30, there are the sounds of cars on the street. Perhaps we are more aware of the sounds of life in the spring than in the winter. The new crop of birds has hatched and their cries for food can be heard ever so slightly.
The deer are out looking for the plants they love to eat. Why they don’t like dandelions and other weeds I’ll never know. They go straight for any pansy they can find, not to mention the hostas emerging from their winter sleep.
During this time we think about garden centers and all our plans for cleaning the deck and just hope the weather will cooperate. As the sunlight starts to beam over the trees, the early morning shows even more signs of our modern life. Don’t you ever wonder what it was like several hundred years ago when only the Lenape lived here?
Prayer for the Day
Awe-inspiring God, we sing of the beauty of your creation,
Joining with all of creation to sing your glory and your holy name,
But even as your glory resounds in our ears, we become despairing.
For we need to free ourselves of the trivial things that take over our lives.
Reveal your light through those we would rather not know
Making them and us instruments of your glory.
In the name of him who shows us the way,
Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.
Thoughts for the Day
Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception?
Vera Nazarian, Armenian-American writer
Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with angels.
Richard Wilbur, American poet (1921-2017)
Let me hear of your kindness in the morning, for in you I put my trust;
Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my being.
Psalm 143:8 (Trans. By Robert Alter)