Lent 25 ~ At the Break of Dawn


          My return to work after a short break brought with it the inevitable bite of winter. The oppression of loneliness and religious rejection. I tried everything I had learned on keeping my eyes on God, but I could sense the strength of spring slowly leave me.

          Some hours later, I received a text message of a cousin’s pain. As I reached out to comfort her through my gift of tickles, a healing crept back into my spirit. Within the hour, though nothing at work had changed, I was upright once more.

          I came home late yet determined not to bring winter in with me. I stoked the hearth to keep the fires of hope in spring alive. When bedtime came, I sought it with gladness as the day had been long and tiring.

          Settling down to sleep, I began to feel a strange weight pressing down on my chest. It felt like an iron brick. I went still, trying to figure out what was happening. The ‘brick’ pressed down harder – but oddly, I didn’t have trouble breathing. My thoughts returned to the day and I knew then that it had been harder than I was willing to admit. And it was not just today. Today had been just one day out of many long years of this same suffering. No end seemed to be in sight.

          Jesus, I calmly called out in the silence of my heart, Lay Thy hand upon my heart.

          In a heartbeat, the pain lifted. Just like that, it was gone. I snuggled down in the comfort that God was close by.

          But before I drifted off to sleep, I quietly asked God about my work woes, How long more till the promised help comes?

          Today, I see something that brings to life the tiny embers within me,

There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
God will help it at the break of dawn.   ~   Psalm 46: 6

          I recalled the pain in my chest and how it had lifted miraculously.

God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed

          When will help come? I had asked.

          Could this be the answer?

God will help it at the break of dawn.






  1. God is our refuge and strength:Psalm:46. As this scripture tells us, God is a very present help in time of trouble. When our hearts are troubled, we must lift that trouble before God. Even before we ask, He already knows and is there for us. I pray a new dawn will come to you in a myriad of ways…that slow, expanding light that nonetheless breaks through the darkness. May it transcend your pain; may you know the light within you shines brightly and forever.

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      1. It will come. Sometimes, one foot in front of the other is the best we can do. I always think, just one positive move in the right direction keeps us going. Praying for the path your footsteps take. Praying for you for a break in the clouds. Even clouds cannot keep out the sun forever. Know that God is with you every step of the way. To Him, you are a bright and shining star. Seek to see yourself as He sees you, even if the walk is difficult and the road unclear. The light He has placed in your heart is enough for you to find your way. Blessings to you this day!

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