Many mornings while on vacation for the past 33 years I would see this very sight, as I would walk out on the deck at Pawley’s Island.  The most peaceful time of the day.  No phone, no pool, no pets, no kids, no relatives.  Just me and one of the most beautiful views in the world.  Then it happens!  Someone gets up and joins me.  In the early years it was one of my four children.  My children are adults now are older now so the early risers that my nieces and nephews have been blessed with join me.  The silence is broken.  Then the vacation jock’s rise to join the others on the island for their annual week of daily exercise.  It always looks painful to me.  Then to top everything off, the temperature begins to rise and begin another blistering day in South Carolina in July.  All in all a good time was had by all and our family has returned each year for over 60 years?  The 61st gathering is just around the corner and we will all be back for the fun?

I am reminded by this picture of those moments when I wake each morning.  Some mornings I do not have to set the alarm and wake on my own.  I never “sleep in” and am usually up by 6:30am and many times earlier than that.  When I wake the house is very peaceful.  My mind is clear, fresh and rested.  I lay there enjoying the mercies of a new morning.  Then it happens!  My mind reminds me of the day’s schedule.  The daily paper awaits my analysis.  My email has been there ALL NIGHT waiting on me.  The latest news is on the TODAY show.  Matt and Al are waiting for me.  The day quickly begins just like the sun heats up the summer mornings at Pawley’s Island.  The quietness is interrupted with email, schedule, morning news and oh yes I forgot “DUDE”.

I forgot to tell you what prompts me to leave the peace of my bed.  My faithful companion sticks his wet nose in my face.  How does he know I’m awake?  Somehow our minds connect and he knows to come and be the first to break the silence with his welcome to the day.  Definitely a welcome visitor.  I get my coffee and Dude returns to his command post in the chair.

I am so thankful for the new mercies we are granted each morning.  I think Jesus was right.  “Don’t worry at all then about tomorrow. Tomorrow can take care of itself! One day’s trouble is enough for one day.”