I hope a reader can tell me who this quote belongs to because I love it!
When we remind ourselves of God’s promise that “joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5), it’s easy to imagine long, sleepless nights just waiting … and waiting … and waiting … for the dawn to break.
And honestly, that’s probably what God means in this passage. Because God wrote this passage to people who lived in an agricultural world, long before any artificial lighting other than firelight and torches. They knew the passage of hours in the night, but they were still nighttime hours. The “late shift” stayed awake for the first watch of the night, then, three hours later, turned over responsibility for public safety to the second watch of the night, then the third. Sunrise marked the beginning of the day’s watches.
Still, whoever said this, I love the eager hope and anticipation.
Joy comes in the morning, and morning starts at 12:01 am.
(Or, if you are really, really eager, you could say it’s morning at 12:00:01 am.)
What it really comes down to is this:
We don’t create it; we can’t force it; but joy comes.
Thanks be to God!
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Stephen Colbert and I both live in the Southeast and are Christians. I found our unexpected commonality in an interview excerpt on Mockingbird. We both think the Christian life has the same clear distinctive. Here’s my (republished) explanation.
So what are Christians for?
I don’t mean what are Christians for, as in “what are mosquitoes for anyway?”
I mean, what are Christians in favor of? Because everyone has a pretty good idea what Christians are against. I went to a big arts festival recently and there at the gate was a guy carrying a five-foot cross and placard proclaiming, “Stop! homosexuality, fornication, abortion, adultery …” You can probably guess a lot of the rest.
Figuring out what Christians are for is a little challenging even for Christians sometimes because God sets specific boundaries around how we are supposed to live, but beyond that, just challenges us with very big and difficult goals. Continue reading
I can’t believe it took me till today to discover Mockingbird, a fabulous online journal of faith and culture. Go now to read, among other fabulous items, an excerpt from an interview with Stephen Colbert where he says he learned that suffering and joy are inextricably linked in this world.