‘Oh how she loved the morning’


Oh how she loved the morning

So God took her in the afternoon

       –  Terry Scott Taylor from the song, “The Afternoon”

Speaking of favorite lines from songs (“Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong…”), my all-time favorite is: “Oh how she loved the morning, so God took her in the afternoon,” from the song, “The Afternoon,” on the album, “Avocado Faultline” by Terry Scott Taylor.

It’s a gorgeous song you can hear on YouTube by clicking on the title. Here are the lyrics to the first verse:

How she loved the dawn’s golden colors

Brushed on the tree-arched vestibule

Alone, she’d go out dancin’

‘Cross the quilt of morning dew

Had a soul for risin’ early

And a heart for leavin’ soon

Oh how she loved the morning

So God took her in the afternoon

Don’t ask me to read that whole verse out loud; I simply cannot get through it.

It’s a song about a special person Terry knew who died of cancer. I love the lyrics for a number of reasons. They capture so much about this person. I love her worship of God in the morning surrounded by the beauty of His creation. But what I love the most is the interaction of God within that moment. They shared this time together, and the implication is that even God was reluctant to let it go.

We’ve all heard how glorious heaven is going to be. We’ve heard how we all will be close to God, how we will somehow be able to experience Him — all of us — together. Certainly, a moment in this earthly context can’t hold a candle to a similar moment in heaven. This woman and God will enjoy an eternity of dancing together. And yet, even knowing that, God is going to grant one more morning with Him in heaven, and her here in her vulnerable, fragile human body. I like the way this lends credibility to our experience of God here on earth. It’s not heaven, but maybe it’s closer than we think.

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5 Responses to ‘Oh how she loved the morning’

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Love Today’s Catch & song! ❤

  2. TimC says:

    Psalm 88:13 [AMP] But to You I cry, O Lord;
    and in the morning shall my prayer come to meet You.

  3. slntplanet1 says:

    John, thank you for reminding me of a great song!

  4. Sandie says:

    While Jesus awaits us in Heaven (which we can hardly imagine is like), we forget that He is right beside us here in this life and is in every experience. My early religious instruction never taught this. As a result, it wasn’t until I was a believer that I began to get glimpses of the Jesus that lived His human life; emphasis on human. The first time was when I saw Jesus Christ Superstar (the movie) and felt the anguish of a man who didn’t want to die the horrible death ahead of him. There was also the song, The Nazarene by Michael Card which we covered in our band. I can’t count how many times I choked up when I got to, “and he laughed with the fullness of his heart.” The thought of Jesus enjoying a belly laugh brought tears and it was only by repetition that I ever got through it. The Creator laughed…”he was unlike any other man, and yet so much like me.”

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