I Will Wake the Dawn

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“I will sing and chant praise.  Awake, my soul; awake, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn.” Psalm 57:8-9

This is a bold claim—to wake the dawn. As if the dawn would not get up by itself. As if it would not wake me.

How do I feel in the morning? Sometimes full of joy and looking forward to the day’s events; sometimes worried and concerned, often just tired. For some of us the dawn is a relief because we could not sleep well.

In order to wake the dawn, I have to be up before the dawn. I have to be awake before the sun even wakes me. It is bold because as humans, we are part of nature and mother sun is huge and powerful. To be ahead even of her is an amazing thing.

The Psalm seems to point directly to Jesus Christ. The women discovered His rising from the dead “as the day was dawning.” This discovery, the resurrection of the Lord, brought a new light to their life that changed everything. It was truly a dawn of a new life. But when they discovered the empty tomb and the angel sitting there, the Lord was already risen. That means He had risen before the dawn. It means He is greater than the sun and moon; he is even before the sun. He is the true sun. He is the true light.

When we get up very early in the morning, when we wake the dawn – with our praise, with our joy –  we join the Lord. We can sense something of this new, everlasting, imperishable life. We are filled with joy because Jesus is even stronger than day and night, stronger than life and death. In Him all of this was created and finds its fulfillment.

Dear Lord, when I am tired and not motivated to wake up, let me think of you. You are ahead of me. You are ahead of this day, so I know that everything will be good. Let me be close to you. Let me be with you at the place where you have been even before all life was born. You give me a light and a life that cannot be destroyed, by no one and by nothing. Let my singing and chanting be an expression of this joy. Let me get up early. Let me wake the dawn.

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6 thoughts on “I Will Wake the Dawn

  1. Wise words. Thank you, Fr. Mauritius. I am always waiting for your beautiful, wise and loving thoughts. They makes us think and meditate on the amazing “simple” things of life. Greetings with affection from Guatemala.

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  2. Fr. ; always good to ponder your words of light & power. Also of real help for me is ” living one day or less at a time “. Seems my aggravations & worries etc. have mostly to do with the past or the future. Please send up prayers for me. Gratefully ; steve mitchel

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  3. Thanks, Fr. Mauritius, for inspiring early risers! I am reminded of this poem by Mary Oliver.

    Why I Wake Early

    Hello, sun in my face.
    Hello, you who made the morning
    and spread it over the fields
    and into the faces of the tulips
    and the nodding morning glories,
    and into the windows of, even, the
    miserable and the crotchety –
    best preacher that ever was,
    dear star, that just happens
    to be where you are in the universe
    to keep us from ever-darkness,
    to ease us with warm touching,
    to hold us in the great hands of light –
    good morning, good morning, good morning.
    Watch, now, how I start the day
    in happiness, in kindness.

    Mary Oliver

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  4. Dawn light whispers in;
    My soul reaches for Christ’s love;
    The Son reveals grace.

    Just offering a little haiku. Thanks for your thoughtful posts. Charlotte

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