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Words for Wednesday: morning has broken

That tune, that old tune from back in the day, always comes to my mind when I see a sunrise.

I don’t always get to view the sun rise in the east. The way our home is situated on our plot of ground, sunrise is hidden from us by a hill.

So, even if I’m awake and up, I don’t necessarily see those beautiful hues of color painted across the morning sky as this side of the world awakens because by the time the sun crests that hill, some of the colors and beauty have dissipated.

Sunsets are a different story. We are privy to some pretty spectacular ones right off our backyard deck, but that’s another story. This one is about the rising of the sun when Morning Has Broken comes to my mind.

When my eyes do partake of a sunrise, I am always enthralled by its beauty. By the way the sun’s rays shine down through the clouds onto earth. By the palette of color presented before us.

And my mind starts to sing, “Morning has broken, like the first morning…” The version I know so well and remember playing on the piano as a teenager was made well-known by recording artist Cat Stevens in the early 1970’s.

But long before his rendition became popular, Morning Has Broken was published in 1931 as a Christian hymn. The words were written by an English author named Eleanor Farjeon and set to Scottish Gaelic music titled Bunessan, facts I never knew until recently.

Several mornings while walking with one of my best friends, we are treated to a sunrise. And those words, “morning has broken” arise in my memory as the sun shows its glory in the eastern sky.

But sunrises give way to even more words in my mind than simply morning has broken. Words I want to share with you on this Words for Wednesday here at Mama’s Empty Nest.

“Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leave you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as Heaven whispers, do you like it? I did it just for you.” ~ Max Lucado

Each time I experience a sunrise, no matter where I am, my thoughts turn to God, the Creator of those magnificent occurrences. The following quotes portray my thoughts in words more aptly that I possibly can:

“If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.” ~ Jeannette Walls in Half Broke Horses

 After a long, dark night, perhaps one of those sleepless nights that seem to be endless as you toss and turn or worry over a situation or problem, sunrise serves as a balm to your soul – a reason for hope as you embrace a new day.

“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” ~ Bernard Williams

And sunrises are perfect inspiration for those who have a creative bent – photographers, writers, painters, and poets.

“After God perfected the sunrise, he created photographers, artists, and poets to ensure his feat remained immortal.” ~ Terri Guillemets

Sunrises are spectacular. They are worth awakening early in the morning just to watch the sun rise on those days when it’s visible. I can’t think of a better way to embrace a new year before us than by witnessing a beautiful sunrise.

“Sunrise looks spectacular in nature; sunrise looks spectacular in the photos; sunrise looks spectacular in our dreams; sunrise looks spectacular in the paintings, because it really is spectacular!” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan



Mama of this empty nest, I’m content to live a quiet, country life with my husband of 40+ years and to view gorgeous sunsets off our own back yard deck. Mama to three adults and Nana to adorable grandchildren, my empty nest fills up again with noise and laughter when they all return 'home'. A former English teacher, reporter/editor, education director for a non-profit organization, and stay at home mom, I retired after a season of substitute teaching at a private academy. Now I enjoy time spent with my grandchildren and family and writing words that seem to pour out of my soul or wandering around the countryside with my camera. Foremost, my faith sustains me as I meander through the empty nest stage of life. My favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

10 thoughts on “Words for Wednesday: morning has broken

  1. All of nature speaks of God and His wonders. It was the beauty of nature and the mystery of the deep blue sky that first made me aware of Him. I don’t know how anyone can attribute nature to any fantasy god when it clearly shows forth His glory created by His Hand!!

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    1. I agree with you 100%. I’ve often viewed a most spectacular scene set before us on this earth and wondered how anyone could deny the existence of the one true God, Creator and Master Artist of our world. Thank you for you lovely comment. Be blessed.


  2. Our bedroom window (sliding door, actually) faces east; we rarely close the curtains. I’m often awakened by some inner “knowing” that the sunrise is worth waking up for. While there is a forest between the house and the sunrise, the colours and intensity are often breathtakingly beautiful (and even when its just the sun rising above the trees with its brilliance and promise of a sunny day, I give thanks to the promise of each new day).

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  3. Amen! Many of your sunrise quotes are familiar to me. When I first began blogging (nearly 10 years ago!), each week, I posted a “Sunrise Saturday” and “Sunset Sunday”. That was when I posted 7 days a week. YIKES! Now, I’m lucky to write 3!

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  4. I knew exactly what tune you were referring to without reading. 😊. Sunrises from my bed are my favorite way to start the day and we have had some beauties lately. Thanks for a lovely post as always.

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    1. Oh you are so blessed to see those sunrises from your bedroom! I can see a little bit of them but, like I said in my post, they are mostly hidden by a hill and by the time the sun crests, the magnificent view of the first rays of light are gone.


  5. Amen. This is exactly how I feel about sunrise. I photograph every sunrise from my back yard and I thank God for the picture He has painted for me. When I am down and God paints a beautiful sunrise I feel he is sending me His love.

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