Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

My wife and I have been living with our daughter’s family for five weeks while our unit at Atherton is being refurbished (it happens every ten years). Our stay was to coincide with the arrival of our eleventh grandchild. We have the privilege of being with our granddaughter and helping out the family of seven on a daily basis. I even took a month off to devote time to our expanded family.

One of my responsibilities has been to wake up the children, pack their lunches, make their breakfast and take them to school. I decided to wake them up with joy. So, I would go into their bedroom and say, “It’s a beautiful morning (even when it rained) and sing the chorus of “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning…” (Gordon MacRae, I am not).

Last week, I had a mini epiphany. I should be awakening the kids to God’s Word rather than the lyrics of a wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein song (from their classic musical, Oklahoma!).

 As a result, I have been going into their room and saying, “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it” from Psalm 118:24. And then, on occasion, I would sing the Christian song, “This Is the Day that the Lord Has Made” (Chris Tomlin, I am not).

What makes a morning so beautiful is not the weather or the events of the upcoming day, but the mere fact that the Lord has made each morning and that His steadfast love and mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). 

So, what’s the purpose of starting each day in such a manner?

Psalm 119:11 (NIV) says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” I am hoping to hide God’s Word in their hearts by greeting them each morning with a word from the Bible. Psalm 119:11 gives us the hope that God’s Word hidden, stored or treasured in our hearts will help keep us from sinning against God.

So, the more scriptures we commit to memory and to our hearts, the better off we will be as we traverse life. I would love for all of my descendants to wake up each morning with the attitude that “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it”. What a great way to start each new day. In fact, that makes it such a beautiful morning.

Something to think about…