"In the morning"

AGES ago, the Psalmist wrote. "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." To awaken each morning with the resolve to follow the Psalmist's example is to face the day with equanimity, hope, and joy. The need to "look up" is continual. We need to look up not only for guidance but to praise God wholeheartedly and thank Him for His constant protection, demonstrating it more and more confidently and completely.

Christ Jesus' teaching emphasizes the need of seeking God. for throughout his ministry we find him many times going out alone finding spiritual refreshment, drinking in deep draughts of tranquillity through communion with Him who is Life. In Mark's Gospel it is recorded of him, "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day. he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." Thus he established and fortified himself to meet the tasks before him with an unequaled serenity of Spirit. In the life of the master Christian, every day was a day to glorify God, every morning another opportunity to reflect good.

In the Glossary in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy gives this illuminating definition of "morning" (p. 591): "Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress." She also writes (ibid., p. 510), "Light is a symbol of Mind, of Life, Truth, and Love, and not a vitalizing property of matter." The morning light of Spirit is forever dawning upon human consciousness. This "morning" is not dependent upon the material sense of time, in which mortal mind would usher in the seemingly endless and ofttimes overwhelming duties which lie ahead for the day. No, the morning of material sense is not the morning which is forever dawning upon human consciousness, illumined with the grand realities of being. This morning will continue to be in evidence, since Mind is ever unfolding its ideas. We realize the true meaning of morning as we consciously dwell in the light of Truth, keeping thought above the level of material sense, and reflecting the light of that Life which is God.

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