Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“Morning Has Broken” was made popular by Cat Stevens in the early 1970s but is actually a much older Christian hymn. You may know the lyrics…
”Morning has broken like the first morning. Blackbird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing. Praise for the morning. Praise for them springing fresh from the world. Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven. Like the first dewfall on the first grass. Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden, Sprung in completeness where his feet pass. Mine is the sunlight. Mine is the morning. Born of the one light Eden saw play. Praise with elation, praise ev'ry morning. God's recreation of the new day.”
What is your hope in the morning? What is your praise as the day begins? God’s recreation of this new day?
This meditation from the third chapter of Lamentations will help you reclaim hope. Encounter God in this, his recreation of that first day so long ago. Its new for Him each morning. It can be new for you too.
Resting in imaginative contemplation for a moment, remain with your eyes closed...imagine sitting in the morning meadow. The first morning. A morning born of the one light Eden saw play. The morning dew sunlit from heaven. Absolute perfection. Everything new. Sit there. Fellowship there in the presence of the one who created it. Elohim. The creator God who broke this morning new for you. Be still in his creation.
Today you have the opportunity to be present, mindful, and new with God all day. Expect him to be present and new. Not only in morning prayers, daily scripture, or worship on Sunday...but his presence to be present and new in every word, every thought, every hope and dream you have. Be mindful of his new mercies in the morning...at lunch...afternoon, evening, and as you sleep.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your mercies every morning, noon and evening. We pray that we would never forget all that You do for us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.