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Fully awake

- Teachers Talk

Have you ever been asked, “Are you a morning person or a night person?” I used to answer enthusiastically, “a morning person.” Four o’clock in the morning wasn’t too early for me to be up and going. My husband and I live out in the country, and one perk of getting up early is that I get to look out my office window at exquisite star-filled black velvet skies enveloping the still and silent neighborhood.

The scene is reminiscent of a line from Edmund Sears’s 1849 poem turned carol, “It Came upon the Midnight Clear.” He wrote, “The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.”

And then as the new day advances, comes the sunrise with the gentle dawn of magnificent light, like the bow on a package. Oh, the absolutely heavenly peace!

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