Why I Wake Early
I wake early so I can light a candle and place it in my window.
Its light illuminates my darkness and, perhaps, the darkness of the world. The reverent glow flickering from quiet candlelight serves as a beacon for the birds who visit the feeder outside my sill. As they find morning nourishment, they feather simple joy upon my heart.
I wake early because when I do, I recall the miracle of my breath. I feel the beating of my heart. And my dog’s snoring at my feet becomes a choir.
I wake early because the morning quiet teaches me to trust my experience of ordinary sacredness. I name the lenses through which I view myself and others, and find the grace to let false gods go.
I wake early to receive the wisdom that dawn breathes into my heart, and to remember in the midst of my longing who I am and who I am not.
I wake early to remember that we are all created and formed in the image and likeness of Infinite Love, and that suffering is a necessary pathway to compassion.
I wake early because morning teaches me I don’t need to be right. I only need to be loving.
And in these moments of dawn’s unfolding, I experience Divinity touching humanity, and the Creator inviting me to become fully who I Am.
Brian J. Plachta is a writer and spiritual director. He also practices law at Plachta, Murphy & Associates. He and his wife have four adult children. His blogposts can be found at: www.brianplachta.net and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/WisdomSpace/.