Morning over Jasper

Dawn over Jasper / photo: SB

 

—from an email I sent to co-workers and colleagues this morning

 

Good morning!

I was taken, this morning, with three phrases from the Psalms (110, 111 & 112 consecutively), and felt I should share.

First:

“Noble are you on this day… from the womb of the dawn, the dew of new birth is upon you.”

The ancients saw the 24-hour day metaphorically, as a mini life: each day ending in death (darkness), and every morning beginning again with the dawn of fresh life. Theirs was a spirituality of continuous rebirth, not a single moment of salvation.

We awake with the dew of new birth upon us… but as we progress throughout the day we become sullied by our self-oriented impulses. It’s like taking a newborn child, glistening with birth waters, and rolling it in ashes until it’s caked and ghoulish.

As the sun goes down, we are given the opportunity to die to those impulses and cleanse ourselves with tearful repentance and recollection—and to repose—only to rise the next morning all “birthwet and shining” again.

The next two Psalms offered these words:

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart…the works of his hands are truth and justice.”

“It goes well with those who are generous and order their affairs with justice.”

It seems—in this morning at least—before I start rolling about in ashes, I can really hear these words. I know that those birth waters are not just slippery embrionic fluids to be wiped away, but they are fortified with generosity, with truth, and with justice.

When we innocently glisten, we glisten with those three elements.

When I think about the recent fall of a talented and influential Canadian national radio host, whose bizarre “private bedroom preferences” suddenly became public, I think about how the ancients lamented over those who prefer the darkness… and I feel great sadness for his victims, and for our loss of who he might have been. The situation does remind me that our choices matter profoundly. There are no truely “private” actions because we are so deeply connected. How we train and order our impulses effects our personal peace/shalom and therefore (as we are innately social creatures) thousands around us as well.

I guess what I’m clumsily trying to say, is that I hope we can continue to encourage each other to be “morning” people.

And so, hear this once again:

“Noble are you on this day… from the womb of the dawn, the dew of new birth is upon you.”

 

 

 

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In the Morning is found on Steve  and Sarah Bell’s Sons and Daughter’s CD.  To review or purchase, click HERE…

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