I love waking up early in the morning. To me, the sweetest time happens right before dawn, which is this short transition period between the darkness of night and the time when the first sun light appears, breaking the sky open. It’s always refreshing to see the pitch black sky slowly turning into a colorful pallet: yellow, red, orange, blue. It’s like watching the dance of color. It’s so elegant and majestic at the same time.
The morning air is always crisp, fresh and arousing. It’s somewhat hard to put it in words. You just know it when you are there in that moment. To me morning time is the perfect time to be effective and do the very things I love. Because in there I find my ME time, undisturbed, and away from all kind of noise or distraction! All alone, while everyone in my family is still asleep, I can use this time to pray, read, paint, write, or softly play my guitar; all during 5 to 7 AM. It is short, but the most precious period of time that I cherish. If you’ve never done this before, you should give it a try.
I found out that Jesus was a morning person, too! In the gospel of Mark 1: 35, it says: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” From this simple statement we find Jesus’ priority. First thing He would do before the agenda of the day took over His sanity, Jesus had to be with His Father, alone and undisturbed, in prayer. I wondered the kind of conversation that Jesus had with His Father. Maybe Jesus was reporting back to His Father the madness of the human’s world. Maybe Jesus was asking for strength to endure the ministry of the day. Or perhaps Jesus was simply being quiet in the presence of His Father, readily opening His heart to love and be loved by His Father. Whatever his prayer was, Jesus’ habit gives us perspective on how important it is to welcome the new day.
Waking up in the morning, we can have two kinds of attitudes: (with gladness) A new day! Or…(grumble, grumble) A new day?! Some people perceive morning as God’s continual blessings. A new day, a new possibility, a second chance to fix the errors of the past, and one more day to make this world a better place for our future generations. Others perceive morning as the extensions of hell on earth, one more day to deal with all kind of pain and stressful life, and another day to be a prisoner in this empty living. Which one is yours?

The Scripture for us today is: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23. If you read the whole Lamentation chapter three in the Bible, you will find out that in the beginning, Jeremiah (the writer of the Book of Lamentation) lamented in anguish. He said: “I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath;he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light; surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long…” You can sense the deep depression and the severity of his sadness. Jeremiah was living in hell, for sure. But in the middle of a deep sigh, Jeremiah was able to see the grace of God in the midst of his destitution. He shouts from the mountaintop: The love and mercies of the Lord are new every morning! Isn’t that fascinating?
No matter how painful life was, Jeremiah kept the promise of God that today is going to be a better day than yesterday. Today is going to be the beginning of a beautiful future. Therefore, no matter what life is going to throw at me, in the morning I will praise God and put my trust in Him.
So friends, I pray that you can wake up tomorrow morning with the conviction of Jeremiah that each day is a gift from God. Therefore you may want to cherish that gift with gladness.

Love and prayers,

Vincent Arishvara 05252017