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The Son also rises

I've never been a morning person.

In high school, I was always late. I took night classes in college, just to make sure I didn't have to be in class before noon. These days, you can find me sitting behind my laptop in the early morning hours, especially on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Let me sleep until noon and work until midnight. That'll make me happy.

And my wife is even less fond of mornings.

So it always made me smile when her mom made her get up and spend Easter morning watching the sun come up during an outdoor church service. Miriam would grumpily go, only to return home and sleep the afternoon away. (Of course, nowadays Miriam looks back on those early morning services as some of her favorite memories of her mom.)

And I didn't dodge the Easter Sunrise Service bullet for long.

Several years ago, my mother-in-law pulled me in on the morning services. She dragged me to the Jekyll Island Convention Center for a short daybreak service. The pastor stood in front of a wall of windows, and as the sun rose over the dunes, it illuminated three crosses planted in the sand.

Local residents have several sunrise service options this year, including one at Sweetwater Baptist Church, one at Old Frontier and another at Savannah Valley.

I know it's early, but, come on, if Miriam and I can make it, you can too.

Several weeks ago, I used this space to talk about the importance of open government and getting involved with your community's governing boards.

To that end, The Mirror kicks off our "In the Know" effort this week. Each week, we'll run a list of the upcoming meetings, where they'll be held and what time the boards will meet.

If you've got any questions about an upcoming meeting or a concern about an issue, give us a call at 706-597-0335 or shoot us an e-mail at

I'll close this week with my annual advice for local folks during Masters Week. Remember, you don't know who is visiting our community, but you can control the impression you make on them. For at least this week, please help McDuffie County put its best foot forward.

For those of you visiting our community, please enjoy your stay. And we hope you'll come back - Masters Week or not.

Web posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007

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