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birdsWe’ve been blessed for the last few years with new visitors to our bird feeders, including bluebirds, flickers and an amazingly vibrant scarlet tanager. Lately there has been a large gathering of our familiar mourning doves around the sliding glass door to our deck, looking like a women’s study group at the obligatory coffee break. Seed is scattered regularly around the deck in winter to calm the human anxiety of birds’ ability to find nourishment as the snow deepens. It is here, as the psalm refrain proclaims this morning, that “God lives among his people.”

I love Psalm 84 for its inclusive vision of the reign of God where “all creatures great and small” are welcome and cared for. As the snow continues to fall gently this morning a beautiful image seems quite apt for me: Even the sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest in which she puts her young…Blessed are they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you! I’m tempted to snuggle back under my bedclothes and listen to the birds, joining them in their morning song.