Two days ago we spotted the first of our “winter birds” on the deck outside our house. That means big bags of various seeds and packages of suet cakes will soon follow. With the last of the growing season comes a diminishment of possibility for the birds to find enough to eat outside. Unlike the animals who don’t migrate and have been busy storing food for the winter, the birds depend on us to feed them now. And so we do. To be fair, this responsibility has its benefits; we get to marvel at the beauty and diverse coloration of our “feathered friends” as they come and go outside our windows.
It makes me smile to consider the reference that Jesus makes in Luke’s gospel today to the birds and us. (LK 12:7) He says: Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows. He isn’t saying the birds aren’t important; God notices every one of them. But in the great chain of being it seems that God takes care of us in the manner that we take care of the birds. We frequently comment on the fact that all the birds in our area know where the tastiest, most abundant meals are to be had. Only the best at this restaurant! So it is for us – except that God is serving in every nook and cranny of this world so the best is what we can all expect from God…as long as we keep the generosity going in our neighborhood.