Jul 12

Before the Morning

Today’s post comes to us from William Meredith who lives in Upstate NY and holds, among other titles, the position of Chior Director at a United Methodist Church.

Usually when I listen to music I am more in tune with the music and not the lyrics. Yet, when I heard a new song on the radio called “Before the Morning”, the lyrics immediately caught my attention. The song starts with the words: “Do you wonder why you have to feel the things that hurt you ? If there’s a God that loves you, where is He now?” I was immediately blown away by those words. So many times I have found myself in the situation in which something not so good has happened to me and I feel as though God had planned for me to have this misstep. It can be so easy to blame God when we encounter tough situations, but this song helped me to realize that although God does not give us bad situations He is there to guide us through those difficult times.

 As the song continues, the lyrics say, “Or, maybe, there are things you can’t see and all those things are happening to bring a better ending. Someday, somehow, you’ll see”. There are so many things that happen in our lives, but it is important to remember that the events in our life are all a part of God’s plan for us. Currently, I feel as though my life has become stagnant as I search for a job and a purpose for my life. But, as I reflect on my situation, I have realized that I need to enjoy the moment: not having a job means that I have time to enjoy the summer, to spend time with my family in my hometown, and to really decide what I want to do with my life.

 I believe that God has plans for all of us and although at times it might seem as though our lives have strayed from God’s plan, it is at those times that we can best see what God has planned for us. As the song ends, the listeners are asked if they dare to believe. Do you dare to believe?

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    • Annie on July 12, 2010 at 11:56 am
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    I love your blog post. I’m going to go listen to that song now. I pray to “dare to believe”.
    Thanks for writing and keep on writing dear friend.

    • RozitaTee on July 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm
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    My “prayer song” isn’t really religious (or perhaps it is, just a bit). It’s “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn. There have been so many times when I have felt that God’s plan was to punish me for things I have done in this life, or another one. It takes me a while to figure out when God is blessing me “in disguise.” Sometimes, when things are really dark, I play “Walking in Memphis” as a sort of prayer or an act of faith when I really have none. I know that somewhere in the Bible it is written, “Act as if ye have faith, and faith shall be given ye” or something like that, right? I may not have the words exactly write, or know from what part of the Bible they are, but I know the words are true. It works for me!

    • Frank D'Ambrosio on July 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm
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    This is a thought provoking blog which addresses a very common question: “why, God?” Sometimes the question is phrased “why me, Lord?” Cynics will generally answer this question “why not?”; God isn’t that flip with us, by any means! It is, of course, difficult to think that our setbacks are part of a higher plan or purpose; but that is what faith is all about!
    Blessings to you for sharing these important thoughts!

    • Steve Butler on July 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm
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    I’m not sure if it’s in the Bible, but I think it was once written to z young preacher: “Preach faith until you have faith. Then when you have faith, still preach faith.

    • Steve Butler on July 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm
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    I’m not sure if it’s in the Bible, but I think it was once written to a young preacher: “Preach faith until you have faith. Then when you have faith, still preach faith.

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