Daybreak

2 01 2013

A wind came up out of the sea,
And said, “O mists, make room for me.” 

Atlantic beach

It hailed the ships, and cried, “Sail on,
Ye mariners, the night is gone.” 

And hurried landward far away,
Crying, “Awake! it is the day.” 

floodplain maples

It said unto the forest, “Shout!
Hang all your leafy banners out!”

cardinal in verdure

It touched the wood-bird’s folded wing,
And said, “O bird, awake and sing.” 

pleasant valley

And o’er the farms, “O chanticleer,
Your clarion blow; the day is near.” 

It whispered to the fields of corn,
“Bow down, and hail the coming morn.” 

It shouted through the belfry-tower,
“Awake, O bell! proclaim the hour.” 

east tower painting

It crossed the churchyard with a sigh,
And said, “Not yet! in quiet lie.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In the background …

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

American Standard Version (ASV)

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law:

57 but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not vain in the Lord.

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