Morning Has Broken

Morning Has Broken – Eleanor Farjeon Born (1881 – 1965)

Morning has broken,
like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken,
like the first bird
Praise for the singing,
praise for the morning
Praise for the springing
fresh from the word

Sweet the rain’s new fall,
sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall,
on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness
where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight,
mine is the morning
Born of the one light,
Eden saw play
Praise with elation,
praise every morning
God’s recreation
of the new day

 Psalm 5:3 “My voice shall thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

Eleanor Farjeon wrote “Morning Has Broken” in 1931. The words were written for an old Gaelic tune. Eleanor was a sickly child with poor eyesight so was home schooled and developed a keen interest in books. She began writing at an early age due to the encouragement of her father. Eleanor Farjeon died on the 5th June 1965.  During her lifetime she won many prestigious literary awards and an annual prize is presented in her name to this day by the Childrens Book Circle.

Though Morning has broken is clearly a hymn for children it has an appeal for adults too.  It praises God for the sights and sounds of the new day and likens each dawn to the very first day in the Garden of Eden.

Morning has broken is a lovely hymn of thanks for God’s creation. Have you ever felt close to God through nature?  Think about the site of witnessing a sunrise? What about a sunset? Aren’t they just absolutely beautiful? God made them both. In fact, God made all of creation…every thing we see around us.  Most of us have experienced this sense of God’s presence through nature at one time or another, perhaps while viewing the mountains or walking through the woods or breathing in the salt spray of the ocean. There is a revelation of God in creation, and that is what we are talking about today.

It never ceases to amaze me how God works. If we just keep our eyes open we can see Him working in and around us almost on a moment-to-moment basis. The sad thing is we, humans, are such an emotional lot that if we don’t feel His presence we think He is not around… when realistically HE IS EVERYWHERE!

God’s creation declares his glory and God has always been glorious and has always been and always will be. God existed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit prior to creation in all of his majesty. He is and always has been perfect in love, perfect in power, perfect in wisdom, perfect in holiness. God has always been glorious. But when God created the heavens and the earth, there was suddenly a new vehicle declaring the eternal glory of God. So how does the creation declare God’s glory?

In Psalm 19: 1-2, David describes the skies as “the work of God’s hands.” When we speak about creation, it is not just anyone’s creation. It is God’s creation. It is the work of his hands. Just as you can always see something of the artist in his or her creative works, so you can see something of God in his creative works. The heavens speak forth the praises of God through their beauty, through their complexity, through their incredible balance and order, even through their sheer size as we saw last week. All of these things speak forth the praises of the God who created them.

We, often, do not really take the time to stand in awe of God’s creation. My encouragement for you all today, and every day, is to take the time to recognize God’s beauty. This beauty could be in a sunrise, sunset, in the gentle breeze, in the sky, or in a thunderstorm. Who knows? Creation is all around us, so embrace it! Think of the Victoria fall in Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Niagara falls, Mt Kilimanjaro and all the wonders of the world. They all speak of the presence of God. Oh that we may praise God through His creation.

It is morning, a new day has been born, let all the earth ring aloud its praise! Let all the earth rejoice and the heavens with it, to the glory of God and the wonders of His mighty love! Great is His light upon the face of the earth; greater still His mercy toward us!

Father we thank you, for your beautiful creation. You’ve created everything around us and we too often take it for granted. Forgive us where we fail you. Turn our eyes daily to You, so that we may praise You and Your amazing creation. Amen.

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