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Faces on Faith: To be as the morning

By Staff | Nov 19, 2019

June Sieber

It was Henry David Thoreau, at a sophomore English class at Kent State University, whose classic book “Walden” challenged me to be awake to “the infinite expectation of the dawn.” He writes: “We must learn to reawaken ourselves and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep.” He continues: “It is something to be able to paint a picture or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere through which we look. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”

The discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, also speaks of the essence of “morning,” in her textbook, “Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures,” when she writes: “MORNING; Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress.”

Morning and light are often used as spiritual symbols. Job tells us: “Thou shalt shine forth; thou shalt be as the morning.” And it is David the Psalmist who says: “He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.”

Christian Science sees man as “the brightness of His glory, and the express image of his person.” Eddy urges us to “feel the divine energy of spirit bringing us into newness of life, and recognizing no mortal or material power as able to destroy.” She continues: “Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun.”

To free ourselves from apathy, cynicism, and spiritual dullness, we can embrace a fresh concept of morning: “when I am awake, and there is dawn in me.” As spiritual thinkers, we can be transformed by this inspiring view, which enables us to rise into “newness of life with regeneration.”

An old familiar hymn speaks to us with words by Harriet Beecher Stowe:

“Still, still with thee, when purple morning breaketh,

When the bird waketh and the shadows flee;

Fairer than the morning, lovelier than the daylight,

Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.”

June Sieber is affiliated with the Sanibel Christian Science Church.