Well until today each of these musings began with the same simple greeting “good morning” (when a meeting runs longer than expected things sometimes shift to a later time). This is a common greeting for correspondence and in conversation.
Yet even a common greeting can receive mixed reviews. When I say, “Good morning” to some people I know, they often respond with a grumble of “Morning.” After talking it over with them I have clarified that there is agreement that it is probably morning, but the “good” part is up for debate.
This is an important reminder that not everyone has a “good” morning. Just as not everyone has a morning that begins at the same time. For some people morning might start at 3:00am or 4:00am so they can begin a delivery route or open a restaurant. While for others morning might be at 3:00pm or 4:00pm because they work an overnight shift at a hospital or factory.
Being flexible about what we mean by morning allows us to adapt to the people around us and the situations that they find themselves facing. During this season of transition and reopening it is important that we remain flexible because not everyone will have the same definition of “morning”, let alone “good morning.”
As we are being flexible, we are called to remember the promise in Lamentations, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
We may not know all the twists and turns on the road ahead, but we know that we are not alone. God is with us each day and God’s love never comes to an end. So even as we return to more in-person activities or have changing roles, the love of God continues to surround us.
With this promise of God’s love and daily renewal, we can be open to the morning whenever it arrives. And we can trust even if we can not bring ourselves to say “good morning”, we know that we are loved and that God’s mercies never end.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you today, tomorrow, and always.
Grace and peace, Bill Rev. William "Bill" McLean, II Presbyter for Congregational Care Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois