At the Crack of Dawn

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“Take a long look at the sheer quantity of wreckage around us—wrecked bodies, wrecked marriages, wrecked careers, wrecked plans, wrecked families and a wrecked world. Yet we believe that God’s Spirit is among us and continues to hover over the chaos of the world’s evil. He is shaping a new creation and new creatures. We believe that God is not a spectator, in turn amused and alarmed at the wreckage of world history, but a participant. We believe that everything, especially everything that looks like wreckage, is material God is using to make a praising life. God is a tried and true help, a well-proven help. The verb, HELP is used in Psalm 46:5 (KJV): “God shall help her and that right early.” “At crack of dawn” is the more literal and far livelier translation of the Jerusalem Bible. We need not muddle through half the day, or half our lives, before God shows up rubbing His eyes, asking if there is anything He might do for us. He knows the kind of world we live in and our vulnerability to it. He anticipates our needs and plans ahead. He is there right on time to help, ‘at the crack of dawn.’” Eugene H. Peterson

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