Streams in The Desert


The “morning” is the time I have set to meet with the Lord.

Morning—the very word itself is like a cluster of luscious grapes to crush into sacred wine for me to drink. In the morning! This is when God wants me at my best in strength and hope so that I may begin my daily climb, not in weakness but in strength. Last night I buried yesterday’s fatigue, and this morning I took on a new supply of energy. Blessed is the day when the morning is sanctified—set apart to God! Successful is the day when the first victory is won in prayer! Holy is the day when the dawn finds me on the mountaintop with God!

Dear Father, I am coming to meet with you. Nothing on the common, everyday plain of life will keep me away from your holy heights. At your calling I come, so I have the assurance that you will meet with me. Each morning begun so well on the mountain will make me strong and glad the rest of the day!

—Joseph Parker

Still, still with you, when the purple morning breaks,

When the birds awake, and the shadows flee;

Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight,

Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with thee.

Alone with you, amid the misty shadows,

The solemn hush of nature newly born;

Alone with you in breathless adoration,

In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.

As in a sunrise o’er a waveless ocean,

The image of the morning star does rest,

So in this stillness, you discerning only

Your image in the waters of my breast.

When sinks the soul, subdued by toil, to slumber,

Its closing eyes look up to you in prayer;

Sweet the repose, beneath your wings o’ershadowing,

But sweeter still to wake and find you there.

—Harriet Beecher Stowe

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