Put out some bird food. The birds will find it and you can enjoy the gift of these creatures
Today’s step is encouraging everyone to take in the world around us. As I watch the outside activity this morning the cardinals and robins appear to be enjoying the fresh blanket of snow in Chicagoland.
Though the birds may actually be at work in their daily tasks, they are certainly not stopped by the obstacle of snow. As we are all experiencing new challenges and fears, let’s pause and be present to the amazing world around us.
I’m not looking for any carbon-fast footprint reduction purpose from today’s action. Rather I’m just taking in the essence of being that “guardian of creation” in the world occurring in this present moment.
For those using the lectionary reading links, you may have noticed the top script from Matthew is not among today’s reading text. Ironically(?) as I was adding the text from Matthew, a Robin hit the window of the room I’m working from. It does happen a few times each year especially in the early Spring when they are exceptionally rambunctious around our home.
The Matthew text though hard for me to practice, often comes to mind when the needs become so great around us as they are right now. To me, this verse calls me to act in assistance to others and move beyond my fears or concerns for tomorrow. In a practical sense, if WE ALL focus completely on the needs of others, we can let go of all of our personal concerns because another has our back.