Monday, 12 January, 1829

I have slept one more night and now behold one more day just emerging from darkness. It is beautiful to view these regular orders in creation and how complete, how sublime one mingles with the other. See the day how gradual it appears? You can perceive an aurora of light, yet perceive no motion. To us it appears slow, when in reality its velocity is great. Are not these things sufficient to make us feel our dependence on Him who gave the seas their bounds, and said to the tossing waves, thus far, but no farther and here let they proud waves be stayed? puny and inefficient man; how dare you be so arrogant; humble yourself before him.