Why I Wake Early

Early morning moon from Lake Alma Trail

Early morning moon from Lake Alma Trail

I often walk the Lake Alma Trail before daylight.  On a recent morning I was listening to my iPod while focusing on my footing made visible with a headlamp.  “Sure on This Shinning Night,” a choral piece by Morten Lauridsen , was playing as my focus narrowed down the trail.

Suddenly I paused to let the music sweep over me.  I looked toward the sky through oak limb silhouettes to a silvery new moon.  It was a worshipful few moments for me as the beautiful sound accompanied the shining moon and stars.  I felt intense thankfulness.  Thankful for my senses, especially hearing and sight.  Thankful for the burn in my legs and steady pounding in my chest.  Thankful for the gift of another day!

I look forward to these early morning hikes and am thankful for the beautiful places of worship to be found in nature.

“Sure on This Shinning Night” by James Agee

Sure on this shining night
Of star-made shadows round
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground

The late year lies down the north,
All is healed, all is health
High summer holds the earth,
Hearts all whole

Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder
Wandr’ing far alone
Of shadows on the stars.

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