Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas—March 23, 2017
The light is getting stronger and the snow is gradually melting. The grackles come to the bird feeders in great flocks, scaring away all the other birds, and then they fly off again, and the other birds return. It has been very cold these past couple of days, so the bird feeders have been very busy places. I had thought I had bought the last bag of seed for the year, but it looks as though I will need to get at least one more before spring is truly here. Of course, I could always not feed the birds at all, leaving them to go find some other sources of food. But I enjoy their variety and their songs, and learn something every day by their presence.
Seeing them, hearing them, reminds me of the connection we all have to creation, both by privilege and responsibility. They also remind me to seek God in the simple things that so easily get ignored or overlooked.
The Psalm for this Sunday is Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd...” You may be able to say it by heart... It is a psalm of comfort, a reminder of God’s love and God’s care for all of us, for every creature. It is a reminder that though we may be faced with difficulty or evil, we are never alone. The birds come and eat, and then they fly off, satisfied, as I am satisfied, that, at least in this moment, I have shared something of myself and provided sustenance for their journey. God knows, they continue to provide sustenance for mine.
Let us pray: O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — For Joy in God’s Creation, BCP 814
Peace and blessing, Carol+