“Oh WHAT a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, I’ve got a beautiful feeling, everything’s going my way.”
These are the well-known lines from the opening song of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘Oklahoma’, which local musical theatre group Song Shop is performing in Montrose Town Hall this week. The words and the familiar upbeat music of this song are widely familiar and recognised even by people who have never seen the show.
How many of us have sung, or heard others singing, “Oh what a beautiful morning,” on opening the curtains to a sunny day, or as a way of expressing pleasure and excited anticipation at the start of a special day, such as a wedding, birthday, graduation, holiday etc? The wonderful positivity of the lines “I’ve got a beautiful feeling, everything’s going my way” evokes hope and confidence, which should continue to boost and refresh us, even if things don’t “go my way” as well as hoped or planned.
This week in Montrose, schools ‘break up’ for the summer. The “Oh what a beautiful day” sense is strong - signifying the freedom of summer and holidays. It is also evokes ambivalent bittersweet feelings, the nostalgic sadness of endings mixed with an excited nervous anticipation of new beginnings.
The end of a school year can be a time for reflection as well as celebration. As Christians, we should have faith in the “beautiful morning and day” concept, that “beautiful feelings” of “everything going our way” will sustain us through the day and throughout our lives.
The school holidays start next week with the Old and St Andrew’s Church’s popular Summer Mission, open to all primary school aged children. This year’s theme of ’Seaside Rock’ promises a fun-filled week of games, songs, drama, craft and Bible stories as well as coffee mornings, a pancake afternoon, a games night and beach barbecue for the families. It will be a week of friendly togetherness, a positive, refreshing start to the holidays, the effects of which will hopefully last throughout the summer and beyond. A beautiful morning, indeed.