Patricia Hofer

The Lord is whispering, “I am with Thee.”

“Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
 When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee; Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight, Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.” Harriet Beecher Stowe (1855)

With her God-inspired words, the loveliness of the sunrise becomes a metaphor for the effortless and certain dawning of Christ in our heart. And so this morning, I recited her verses, rejoicing in this gift of God’s inspiring, the “sweet consciousness” of Christ’s presence. And that presence is “fairer” and “lovelier” than all of the symbols for it that nature might provide. Each day, in the “still” stillness we hear the Lord whispering, “I am with Thee.” (Living Calm, 2016, chapter 51)

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