Just before the storm yesterday as I stood outside looking at the darkening clouds and glancing about, I saw a broken robin’s egg on top of a pile of mulch. It was so small. How could anything so small enter into our world and survive? Never mind that it had to be a baby robin.
The baby that emerged from that egg had to be even smaller than a hummingbird and they are really small. And amazing. Almost motionless except for the flutter of their wings moving so quickly that it’s almost impossible to see them.
Hummingbirds have the highest metabolic rate even among birds. Consuming the equivalent of 150,000 human calories daily, they search for life giving nectar. But the most amazing thing about hummingbirds is that they remember where they have been, where the feeders were, not to mention where the flowers are. We should remember where our life giving nectar is, deep in the very heart of God.
Prayer for the Day
Ever present Creator, we are filled with awe at the many wonders we see,
From the tiny robin’s egg to the enormous thunderhead clouds;
We look up to the sky holding billions of stars, more than our human eye can see,
And realize how the earth keeps the orbit you have given us.
Accord to us, magnificent Creator, not only amazement and gratitude
But also the commitment to treasure your gifts to us.
In the name of the One who is your greatest treasure,
Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.
Thoughts for the Day
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
Rabindranath Tagore, Indian poet and mystic (1861-1941)
A heart without dreams is like a bird without feathers
Suzy Kassem, American writer and artist
You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills,
Giving drink to every wild animal; the wild asses quench their thirst.
By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation, they sing among the branches.
From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work
Psalm 104: 10-13