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September 2015

Morning's Recreation

As the songwriter goes: "Mine is the sunlight // Mine is the morning // Born of the One Light // Eden saw play."

Early morning here in the woods, well, not exactly the forest of Illinois, but quite close. My family and I are now living in a camp ground here in southern IL, about five minute drive from Greenville. We are surrounded by trees and nature. Beside our house is a lake. Each morning, we enjoy the closeness of nature. This isolation is giving us a lot of time to ourselves, and away from the hustle and busyness of city life, one we are very much familiar with considering our experiences in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Today, I got up at about 4:00 in the morning. brewed some coffee and sat by the window overlooking the lake. Except, at this time of the morning, it is still dark outside, so all I could see is pitch darkness. I turned up the lamp and started reading my Psalms. As I was reading, a song came interrupting my thoughts. "You are God, we acclaim You // You are God, we adore You // You are the Eternal Father // All creation worships You, Amen." 

I now join all creation praising our God. I look forward to this day, to see His recreation of my feeble humanity, His restoration of my broken experiences. In a few minutes, my family will start waking up to this day. My children will go to their school at Mulberry Grove. God will be their Helper. My wife will work on her reports. The Father will be her Shield. I will work on my presentations, review my lecture notes, and make revisions to my next year's missionary plans. Our Creator will be my Refuge. We are all born into God's One Light, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. HIs Spirit will make this day like that first day when the first morning brought in the first sunlight. I rejoice with all the trees around me, the squirrels playing their games, and the water fowls I see by the lakeshore. We glory in God's creation and recreation.

As the songwriter continues: "Praise with elation, Praise every morning // God's recreation of the new day." (Morning Has Broken: Traditional)