Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blogging toward Sunday

This Sunday the nature sermon series continues with a look at birds. In preparation for worship, you may wish to read Genesis 1:29-31, Psalm 84:1-5, and Luke 12:4-7. In these passages, what do you find most interesting about birds? If you had to pick a favorite bird, which one would you choose? Why?

Image via Wikimedia Commons
The photograph of the statue above is of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is well known as a man of God who loved all of God's creation. In fact, he is often pictured with a bird because, tradition tells us, he preached even to the birds. Below is one such "sermon." Take time to read it slowly and prayerfully.
My little sisters the birds, ye owe much to God, your Creator, and ye ought to sing his praise at all times and in all places, because he has given you liberty to fly about into all places; and though ye neither spin nor sew, he has given you a twofold and a threefold clothing for yourselves and for your offspring. Two of all your species he sent into the Ark with Noah that you might not be lost to the world; besides which, he feeds you, though ye neither sow nor reap. He has given you fountains and rivers to quench your thirst, mountains and valleys in which to take refuge, and trees in which to build your nests; so that your Creator loves you much, having thus favored you with such bounties. Beware, my little sisters, of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praise to God.
As you journey toward Sunday, may you be blessed by a bird in song. May you join the tune with your own notes of gratitude.


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