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2020-05-17 My Lord, What a Morning!

Sometimes when we are not free to speak or do not want certain people to know what we are saying, we find alternative ways to share our message. The spirituals are an example of this. Spirituals were one way African-American slaves communicated with each other—songs sharing plans for escape, tunes providing assurance, melodies uplifting those in the most dire of circumstances. These songs tell the story of God's love and faithfulness. The songs were how so many held onto God's promises during times and conditions so difficult that we can hardly imagine them. The everlasting power of the spirituals is a testament to the faith of those brave individuals, while serving as a bold example of how people, even in the most oppressive situations, under God's providence will not be silenced.

https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/2018/09/30/22125/

Although on the surface today’s spiritual, “My Lord, What a Morning,” is referring to the morning when the dead will be raised, or the second coming of Christ, a second, hidden meaning is likely about slaves being emancipated. The trumpet sounds will wake the nations of "underground" Americans - both black and white - to challenge racism and segregation. The metaphor of falling stars may stand for the Union Army's campfires, the beacons of freedom, or perhaps the great black men whose spirits flash like falling stars in The Souls of Black Folk, a usage that may be traceable to the Kongolese belief that falling stars are "spirits flashing across the sky."

https://way.net/SoulsOfBlackFolk/02MyLord.html

24 “At that time, after the anguish of those days,

the sun will be darkened,
    the moon will give no light,
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.[
a]

26 Then everyone will see the Son of Man[b] coming on the clouds with great power and glory.[c] 27 And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world[d]—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.

Mark 13:24-27 (NLT)

My Lord! what a morning;
My Lord! what a morning;
Oh, my Lord! what a morning,
when the stars begin to fall.

You'll hear the trumpet sound
to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God’s right hand
when the stars begin to fall. 

You'll hear the sinners cry
to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God’s right hand
when the stars begin to fall. 

You'll hear the Christian shout
to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God’s right hand
when the stars begin to fall. 

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell

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