Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Friday, April 3

Barbara Orsak

Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning;
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.


Morning has broken! A new day has begun! As I wake and read the words on the wall hanging in my bedroom “Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” I am thankful for another day.


As I age, but not getting older, every day becomes more precious. Having lost three family members in a 6-week period in 2019, I have become more aware of the fragility of life. When my sister died unexpectedly before Christmas, I was devastated and even questioned my faith. She and I had just visited by phone the night before she died. Both of us were ready for a new day, for a new morning to be breaking.


Remembering that every day is another chance to experience and enjoy life, I chose the hymn “Morning Has Broken” as one piece of music that stirs me.


The hymn was originally written as a children’s song with simple, easy to understand words and music.


When morning breaks, the birds are singing; there is praise for the rain, the sunshine, the growing garden.


The word “praise” is incorporated into the hymn six times. What a marvelous way to begin a day: singing and praising our Lord.


In the third verse, the new day becomes personal: “Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning!”


In the last line, “God’s recreation of the new day,” I wonder which definition of the homograph “recreation” I will choose: God’s re-creation, that every day is a new creation, a new beginning or read it as recreation, a day to enjoy, to have fun.


However we interpret this hymn, we should always be thankful for a new day.


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