Aurora was the Roman goddess of dawn. She is personified as being ever-young, and the first to awake, so that she may bring the light of day in her chariot which she rides into the sky ahead of the sun. I have always been fascinated by the mythological explanations the ancients used to describe the poetic beauty of their natural world. I share their love of dawn.
Every day I give thanks for those mornings that I am unhurried and able to let it seep into my soul. I fall into that category of one who derives strength in that wee span of interlude between darkness and light. I love to sit silently and watch the world wake up and it never ceases to enchant me. Sitting in my comfy space, holding my coffee and allowing its aroma to mingle and weave itself amongst my other senses as I wait for it to begin. It is the proverbial quiet before the worldly storm.
I love to watch the split second when our earthly diurnal twirl allows our solar friend to unobtrusively water color the sky ever so slowly and penetrate the darkness of night. I love to listen to the ethereal silence that precedes the rhapsody of the animal world as they vocalize their first light yawns. I love to see the short-lived glisten of dew as it covers the ends of summer grass, almost like a blanket of fresh snow, before the sun’s rays melt it away. Morning is a Tree Star. It is a time of sensing the magnificence of God’s creation. If you are a late riser, you are missing out. You owe it to yourself to reset your circadian rhythm and experience this daily wonder for yourself. It just may be a game changer.
In the Seven Sacred Pauses, the time of early morning prayer is called the Awakening Hour which celebrates the new day with praise and resurrection, joy and delight. This is the treasured time that I have carved out in my own day for devotion…and reminders…and new beginnings…and open hands. Morning proves to be a lovely and most persuasive motivator for me.
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” ~ Psalm 143:8