Mornings

Mornings


# Blog
Published on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 07:00

This week's blog post is written by Christ Church member Lynda Rolph


“This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

          I had never really paid much attention to mornings when I lived in London, except as a young child when seeing the early morning sunrise was part of the excitement marking the start of our annual family holiday. Waiting in the car for the front door to be locked and the journey to begin, I would see the milk float and perhaps a paperboy doing their early morning rounds. However, living in Bangkok, early mornings are a significant part of most days. That half- dark world shared by dawn people – the bare-foot monks walking the pavements to receive alms, the army of road sweepers with twiggy brooms, vendors pushing their carts to take up position in the same spot they will be occupying when I return home from a day’s work, the ice man, dropping off huge blocks of ice; so many people, that by the time I reach the morning market with its colours and smells and activity, it is hard to remember that it is only 0530!

          However, for the last two months I have been in Chiang Mai where the morning from my window is very different. Here dawn is dominated by the repetitive call of the koel, joined by the agitation of red wattled lapwings and a chorus of noisy mynah birds. It’s as if their music is an orchestral prelude that draws back the curtain on the day, gradually revealing the view of mountains, under skies that would be the envy of any artist. In the last few weeks, as smoky air has given way to wild storms, the trunks of the rain trees have sprung back to life hosting communities of ferns and orchids that had appeared shriveled and dead just a short time earlier.

          Such different mornings, yet Lamentations 3:22 – 23 assures us “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail, They are new every morning, Great is your faithfulness” and so despite the difference in the view from my window, despite the changing of seasons and personal circumstances, despite all that COVID-19 has caused to happen we know that God is with us, caring for us and making each day new complete with the strength we need to serve him.

          As I give thanks for the sounds and colours each morning brings, the wonder of creation exploding around me, and for the assurance of God’s love, I remember too, those early morning people in Bangkok and others in our community who are being greatly impacted by lockdown and curfew, due to the absence of tourists, and with no school children and office workers passing their food carts en route to school and office. I pray for them on these difficult mornings along with the people I will interact with in different ways that I may share something of the joy I know because of the promise that each new morning brings.


“This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24