2017-08-09 - The New Day
Songs tell stories, and so many fill my head when I have different thoughts throughout the day. They are all different types and styles of songs, even including classical (very often with few to no words). This happens to me so much that my kids will be talking to me and I starting singing one of them, and they’ll often make fun of me. “Everything isn’t a song, Mom!!” But it is, to me. So much so that if I get to feeling down, I think about the last time I had any music on, and often realize it can get me off balance, going too long on a path of silence. There are times I need to focus and not have any on, nor even hum a tune, but most often, I do one or the other. I don’t even think about, it as it’s just part of how I’m built to function. I was visiting a friend one time, and she asked if I am always humming. I told her I probably am, yet don’t always consciously think of it.
The other day, as my husband and I did some finishing touches to a repair we were blessed to have done to our back deck area, an old song of Cat Stevens came into my head: Morning Has Broken. It talks about the new day created and then recreated for as many days as God gives us, as well as praising Him for all that is part of each day. I always loved that song, and frankly didn’t know how wonderful all the lyrics to it were, until I reminded myself of them. I felt the entirety of God’s generosity with the big and little parts of our house repair, what it can do to further God’s work in and through us, as well as paths we now cross people-and situation-wise because of it. One of our neighbors, who is rather quiet and generally keeps to himself, took notice of the work my hubby’s buddy and he were doing and has had several conversations with him since it all began. We’ve gotten to know him slowly over the years, and while some people you can click with and jump into conversation with immediately, there are others for whom we need to fashion a different approach. Perhaps this change for us, to make a place safer and better-suited to gathering, will further our neighbor’s spiritual connection to the one who truly loves us without restriction. I’m grateful for how God has led us to this point, and for what he has in store us from this point forward also. May we always think of how we should move each day, and accordingly rely on the one who gives us the breath to do so.
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.” (Psalm 92:1-2)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.