This morning, I chose to run in the hillsides around my house. The weather was spectacular, the air crisp. As I rounded one bend, I heard a boisterous chorus of high-pitched chirps coming from a cluster of cypress trees.
A Neighborhood Party
Slowing for a closer look, I discovered a thriving community of tiny finches – hundreds of fluttering yellow breasts and black wings, flitting through the greenery and branches, excitedly contributing to a crescendo of tweets — the real ones! I had stumbled on a finch condo and the party was in full swing!
A Feast for Finches
In a hillside covered with vegetation, l wondered what attracted so many birds to this particular cluster of trees. I turned and there it was: a tubular bird feeder hanging off the corner of a roof bursting with seeds. A feast prepared for finches — and a few other smart birds — just beckoning…welcoming.
I smiled at the exuberant joy of this little community. A steady supply of food and these sturdy perennials made this one spot a most happy home for birds. It made me think how, as Christians, we are called to “practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13). An open door, a great spread of food, a warm smile makes everyone feel safe, welcome, and creates an atmosphere of goodwill and communication. I pray that our hearts and homes would always be so filled with the joy of the Lord that pilgrims rounding the bend in their roads would find reason to pause, smile and gladly enter into the presence of God’s rich and abundant blessings.
|“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights.” (James 1:17)|