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Dawn is coming

April 16, 2018

When people have asked me that ‘how are you?’ question recently, one which is not always easy to do justice, though there is much to be thankful for, I’ve resisted a Rossetti response (Oh weary impatient patience of my lot!), but nevertheless take some artistic license in replying, ‘I’ve been in the thick wood of the thesis but am starting to make out the trees and know that dawn is coming.’ (Substitute thesis for whatever you are grappling with at the moment and perhaps you can relate.)


I hope to dedicate several blog posts to trees but, for now, let’s look towards dawn. Two of my favourite songs speak of this morning moment when night becomes day and sorrow joy; ‘Weeping may tarry for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning’ (Psalm 30:5).


The first song is Stay Alive by José González (check out the recent cover by Roo Panes) which appears on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soundtrack:

Dawn is coming

Open your eyes

Look into the sun as the new days rise


‘Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you’ (Walt Whitman).


The second is You’re the Dawn, a morning prayer-song by folk-psalmist Strahan:

My heart is yours

Every dawn

This light is yours


‘But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble’ (Psalm 59:16).

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