The Finch Condo

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.

Warm Hospitality
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.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:80
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” (Job 8:21)
“You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”  (Psalm 145:16)
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights.” (James 1:17)



  1. As your story unfolded I started thinking how God has provided us with the ‘food’ in His word. We can feast daily in His presence and in His word.

    • Isn’t that the truth! Wonderful insight, Jeannie. Thank you!

  2. Lovely post, Marion. Birds in spring!

    • It does make you optimistic! Chirp:) Thanks for the comment, Karen!

  3. It must have been a beutful sight and sound to behold! GOD definately is great creating creatures such as these for us to admire. We love the story!

    Mark, Cindi and Megan LaCamera
    PS. A reminder that we’ll be gone 3/11 to 3/26th.

    • Worth the run just to see their exuberance! Wishing you that and more in Israel. Looking forward to your photos and safe return. Hugs, ~M.

  4. Love it. Great hook to a bright, warm story, building to a heartwarming yet admonishing point. The spoonful of sugar that helps God’s medicine go down!

    • As our friend, Michael, reminded me: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26.

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