Often, I dread the dawn on new days,
For they come already heavy with the weight of yesterdays.
The light hurts my eyes that are accustomed to the night,
And I feel too tired to give much of a fight.
My strength is depleted by carrying so many fears,
And the baggage of regrets from over the years.
I long to remain in the dark comfort of my blanket cocoon,
But my alarm screams that I must arise from it soon.
And that alarm is not the only sound I hear,
The adversary is already speaking to my groggy ears.
My body may be at rest but my mind is quickly in full gear.
And I begin to doubt that Hope remains near.
Even with the glory of the rising bright sun,
It sometimes feels as though the darkness has won.
But the darkness is not dark to Him on high,
Even in the night, He remains present and close by.
He knew me before this tired mortal shell came to form,
And He will not abandon me in this tumultuous storm.
Amidst these waves that seek to drown me,
Hope stands firm and steady on the raging sea.
He calls my name again and reaches His hand out,
And shows me grace despite my fearful doubt.
Even in the uttermost parts of this raging sea,
Hope is still with me, along with new and abundant mercy.
His steadfast love continues on and does not come to an end,
He is the rock on which I can build and depend.
I don’t know what this new day holds in store for me,
But He who is with me can clearly see.
And so, with the arrival of this new day,
I choose to hope and trust, come what may.
I cannot carry the weight of this day on my own,
But He is with me; I am not alone.