Julie Lyles Carr: Sunday Selah

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Selah

Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
Psalm 57:8

Awake my soul.

It begins again.

Training for a half-marathon.

10 weeks of intense training, building mileage, building strength.

I hit the road early this morning, the sky just beginning to pink up. Sprinklers were dispensing final drinks and the air was still and calm. Mileage charted, shoes laced up, iPod on, I ran to greet the dawn.

The first song on my playlist is 'Awake My Soul' by Phillips Craig and Dean. It is never more profound than when I run to that song as the night loosens to day.

I want to remember to wake up my soul each day. Not just my body and mind. But my soul as well.

To awaken my heart to the beauty of God's creation. To awaken my heart to the stories and experiences of those around me. To awaken my heart to running, not just the roads, but life with purpose and wonder.

There are a lot of people out there whose souls are dozing, whose souls are distracted, whose souls have gone numb. But dawn is here. And there is so much to see, so much to hear, so much to marvel at. A holy alarm clock, not of a clanging bell, but of a subtle song of renewal.

Awake.

Awake my soul.

Selah.
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