morning calm

I enjoy the early morning.Image

Yes, really.

I like waking up early, even if it means I haven’t slept quite so much as I wish I had.Image

I like moving quietly in the stillness of my dorm room full hours before my roommates consider getting out of bed. Image

There’s something about the quiet stillness of just-before-dawn that, more and more frequently, drags me out of bed (even if I haven’t slept nearly enough) and pulls me to thoughtful prayer in the presence of a slowly lightening eastern sky. I don’t know much about living with peace, but the peace that flows from pacing and sitting with a hot mug of tea, a journal full of thanks, and a few Words that teach? Whether that day comes after a week full of funky, slightly-off moods or after an evening full of sorrow, that peace? the one that comes when I sit still and watch the stillness yawn into movement  — that peace is just a small taste of the good news of peace we’re promised.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

to declare your steadfast love in the morning,

and your faithfulness by night.

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