“What A Morning!”

“What a morning!”
The phrase can be said or understood in several different ways.
It can be no more than a casual remark – a neutral expression.
It can express a sense of disaster or despair.
It can proclaim joyful exhilaration.

First light and the Paps of Jura from our south facing window

“Oh! What a morning!”
This morning it was exhilaration.
Before dawn, before first light, there was starlight.
By first light there was an awareness of the approaching sunrise.

Loch a Phuirt and the Passage of Tiree just before the sun rises above the horizon

Looking south from our home the Paps of Jura were so clear.
The sun was not yet up but already the sky was turning red..
It was a magnet pulling you out to witness the sun rise.

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All round the sky is announcing the approaching sunrise

There was no need to travel far.
The Memorial in Pier Road is close by.
From there the sun can be seen rising over the Passage of Tiree.
At this time of year the drama is to the South East over the Ross of Mull.

The first glimpse of the sun as it quickly rises over the horizon

Looking west towards Ben Hynish and Kenavara mist was filling the low ground.
It could clearly be seen from the vantage point of the Memorial.
It wasn’t dense, but there was certainly mist.

Loch a Phuirt and the Passage of Tiree at sunrise

There was a crisp crunchiness walking over the grass to a rocky outcrop.
Pier Road was ice free but there had certainly been a frost.
A thoughtful person put out a warning for drivers:
“Ice on the roads this morning, take care x.”

Oh! What a morning gloriously bright.

This morning the early morning light was transformative.
No matter which direction you looked it was enchanting.
There by the Memorial the light was gentle and soft.
There was no harshness whatsoever.

Between Ben Hynish and Kenavara mist fills the landscape

Later in the morning snow could be seen on distant mountain peaks.
A snow capped Ben More was testimony to recent snow.
But even more distant peaks could be glimpsed.

The soft  light transforming Gott Bay, its church buildings and Lodge Hotel

By the old harbour in Scarinish a fishing boat was preparing to head out to sea.
Later from the Lighthouse it could be seen out in the Passage of Tiree
And what a backdrop – a snow capped Ben More.

Ben More on the Isle of Mull at Sunrise

“Oh! What a morning!”
Yes the morning was full of sunlight.
Sadly at lunchtime clouds began to roll in.
The morning’s wonderful light and blue skies disappeared.
In their place were sullen grey skies that did not lift the spirit.

Standing watching the sunrise I was reminded of a song I appreciate.
It is a song that says, “See, what a morning, gloriously bright.”
It is a reminder that God is not dead – that Jesus is alive.
It is an exhilarating ‘Oh! What a morning!’

Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend
© 2003 Kingsway Thankyou Music

The Old Harbour Scarinish

See, what a morning, gloriously bright,
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce, “Christ is risen!”
See God’s salvation plan,
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

Scarinish Lighthouse

See Mary weeping, “Where is He laid?”
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

The Son has Risen – Jesus is Alive

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty.
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned with pow’r and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

The sun has risen

This is ‘Life-on-Tiree’.