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Although I did not plan it, birds have come and nested in both my sermon last Sunday and also my sermon this coming Sunday.  Last week we read Jesus' words, "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."  This Sunday we hear Jesus' words, "Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!" (Picture Jesus smiling as you hear him say this!)

In my previous Elbow Bump, I asked the question, "what kind of 'journey' can we make within walking distance of our door?"  The idea is not to go somewhere new, but to be more attentive as we retrace familiar paths. So, I've tried to be more attentive in my walks. Obviously, this time of year, the birds are making themselves known.  Even on mornings like today when it's well below freezing, the birds are busy and noisy.  So I'm seeing and hearing a lot of birds on my walk.  This duck picture was taken this week in the little creek just east of our church building, where several ducks build a nest every year. I am not a wildlife photographer, so I apologize for the poor picture; I'm also not a birder, so I don't know the names of most of the birds that I see. But I still appreciate them.

Go for a walk (it is supposed to warm up today) and consider the birds. What do they teach you?  Jesus wanted to remind us of our value in God's eyes by pointing out how God cares for the birds. Listen to their song, how they each glorify God in their unique voice.

Do you have any bird pictures to share? Send them in. Are you a birder?  Share your insights.  What do you notice on your walk today, or this weekend, near your home?  Share what God is teaching you through these birds for which He cares so much.


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