My morning this day began like so many that have come before: a quiet awakening, a hot pot of coffee, and a majestic sunrise pouring through the windows.
My progeny (and all their pets) remained sleeeping, as did Little Frau. As most mornings go, I began by moving slowly, pondering the day, wondering about events past, present, and future, and considering scripture.
A confession is in order here: it is difficult, when things are going well, to not feel like I had some hand in it, that this hour, this day, this year, in this lifetime, things are better because we are smarter.
We are not hungry.
We have technology.
We have the Bible in printed (and virtual) forms almost everywhere we reach.
We even have Christian music in our ears:
In this obsession with the things this world says make us happy
Can’t see the slaves we are in all the searching all the grasping
Like we deserve much more than all these blessing we’re holding
So now I’m running free into an ocean of mercy unending*
We, I, could not be any more wrong. I wonder if Job ever felt this way when he arose each day. Each day before it suddenly was taken away.
No, we’ve not done it any better. We are just blessed. And, with great blessings come great responsibilities.
No, this day, others woke up around this world, just like me, and just like men and women have done across the ages.
They, however may not have awoken in a quiet, climate controlled house. They may not have walked a few feet to an awaiting cup of coffee. And they may not have seen the sunrise, real, or figurative, a daily sunrise of their soul, if you will.
So come and empty me
So that it’s you I breathe
I want my life to be
Only Christ in me
So I will fix my eyes
‘Cause you’re my source of life
I need the world to see
That it’s Christ in me
That it’s Christ in me*
And so, I will think differently this day, as I attempt to in so many others. That is no enlightenment: it is a realization, and a recognition that we live in the shadow of a blind spot. A shadow that only the Sonrise can truly englighten…
*”Christ in Me” lyrics by Jeremy Camp