A BIRD FEEDER hangs on our front porch outside the living room window. It is a large and quite popular bird feeder. I often notice ten black-capped chickadees and sparrows perched on it at a time, with thirty or forty more waiting in the tree branches.
I love glancing up from playing with the kids to see the riot of feathers through the window. They connect me with nature and God’s creation, if only for a moment. I enjoy the ritual of filling the feeder: lifting it carefully from its perch, opening the stainless-steel bin of bird feed, filling the scoop, feeling the silky dust of corn and seed on my fingers, and listening to the gentle whir of the seed as it fills the container. My heart rate slows, my breathing deepens, and I feel connected to the Creator as I care for a little bit of creation.
This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood As Spiritual Practice
From page 49 of This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood As Spiritual Practice by Lauren Burdette. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What signs of God’s creativity do you see around you? Share your thoughts.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
—Psalm 84:3, NRSV
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Here I am, Lord.
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