Meditation For January 9

“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Revelations 22:16

How oft, in some dark wintry morning, like the present, have I beheld the morning star shining with loveliness, when all the other lights of heaven were put out. But how little did I think of Thee, Thou precious light and life of men! Thou art indeed the bright and morning star in the firmament of Thy church, in Thy word and in the souls of Thy redeemed. Henceforth, dearest Jesus, let the morning visit of this sweet planet to our darkened earth remind me of Thee amidst all the gross darkness by which in nature we are surrounded. Sure pledge of days as this beneficial star is, yet not more sure than Thou in the day-dawn and day-star of prophesy, which ministered to Thy coming; and in the twilight of grace upon the soul, the forerunner of a glorious day. Be Thou my morning song, my noontide joy, my evening meditation and midnight light. Through all the wintry seasons of my pilgrimage shine forth Lord Jesus upon my soul. Oh, you sons of sloth, you children of darkness and of night, rouse from your beds of drowsiness before the sleep of death seal up your eyes in everlasting darkness. Jesus, the Morning Star, now shines; and ere long, Jesus the Sun of Righteousness will appear, no more to go down, and all the sons of God will shout for joy. Robert Hawker


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