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You Are My Sunrise

O God, You are my peace and my joy.  You are my sunrise.

“Where morning dawns and evening fades, You call forth songs of joy.” -Psalm 65:8b

There is nothing quite like a sunrise.  Birds sing joyfully in anticipation as colors quickly splash across the sky.  Hope rises in the chill of the air.  The earth is still.  Whatever clouds are still lingering in the sky only enhance the beauty of the morning as they reflect the purples and deep oranges of the rising sun.  It all happens so fast.  If you blink, you might miss it.  Oh, but you don’t want to miss it.

God has meant different things to me at different points in my life.  He has shown Himself to me in different ways.  At times He was my Father; other times my Provider, my Lover, and my song in the night.  Today, He is my sunrise.  He is my hope at the dawning of a new day.  He is my joy.  He is vibrant and alive, vast and beautiful.  If I could but capture His mercies in a moment, it might be in the splendor of the dawn.

And what about midnight?  It has only increased my wonder of the morning.  The clouds that once held darkness now reflect the radiance of God.  The pain deepens my joy in the colors of a new day.  The simple sparrow cannot help but sing praises at the possibilities that each brief day holds.  To God, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day.  Our lives are but a breath; a brief streak on the dawn of God’s horizon.  Blink, and you might miss it.  Oh, but you don’t want to miss it.

Sunrise
by Nichole Nordeman
If I had the chance
To go back again
Take a different road, bear a lighter load
Tell an easy story
I would walk away
With my yesterdays
And I would not trade what is broken for beauty only
Every valley
Every bitter chill
Made me ready to climb back up the hill
And find that…
You are sunrise
You are blue skies
How could I know the morning
If I knew not midnight?
You’re my horizon
You’re the light of a new dawn
So thank You, thank You
That after the long night, You are sunrise
There’s a moment when
Faith caves in
There’s a time when every soul is certain God is gone
But every shadow is evidence of sun
And every tomorrow holds out hope for us
For every one of us, ‘cuz
You are sunrise
You are blue skies
How could I know the morning
If I knew not midnight?
You’re my horizon
You’re the light of a new dawn
So thank You, thank You
That after the long night, You are sunrise
You alone will shine
You alone can resurrect this heart of mine
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