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Pigeons (28-06-2022)

Readings

You alone are the Lord, Creator of the heavens and all the stars, Creator of the earth and those who live on it, Creator of the ocean and all its creatures. You are the source of life, praised by the stars that fill the heavens. (Nehemiah 9:6)


Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation. Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God's Son, and everything was made for him. (Colossians 1:15-16)


Our Lord and God, you are worthy to receive glory, honour, and power. You created all things, and by your decision they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)


Thought

In mum’s front garden there is a rowan tree. It’s not particularly big, but in its branches is a nest and for the last three years a pair of pigeons have used the nest to hatch their young. The choice of location seems rather strange to mum and I as the tree is quite young and so offers only a limited amount of protection against the weather and also as you walk along the path outside mum’s house the nest is in full view of all the passers-by.


The road mum lives on, is quite quiet but it is regularly used by dog walkers, those going to the local shops and also those walking their children to the local primary school. So, during the day quite a few people pass by the house. However very few of the people who pass the house seem to have noticed the pigeon’s nest. Some walk past very quickly, some are busy talking, some have their heads buried in their phones and some just seem to be in a world of their own.


Last week the chicks in the nest hatched and two wonderful looking baby pigeons appeared. Mum and I very carefully had a peak at them and we continue, about once a day, to just check on how they are doing. They are growing very quickly and soon there will be no room for them in the nest and they will fly away. But while they are there, they are wonderful to see.


I was reminded of the words of the hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’ and the verse that says ‘He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well’. The thing is, that in order for us to see the beauty of creation that is all around us we need to look. We need to have our eyes open and we need to look out for the wonders that are there. It is all to easy for us to be busy or distracted and so miss what is all around us. And if we don’t see the wonders of creation then we can’t share with others how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well.


As you walk around this week, keep a particular watch out for what is around you and then praise our creator God for the wonders he has made.


Prayer

Father God, open our eyes so that we can see the wonders of your creation around us.

Amen


Song: All things bright and beautiful (Arr. John Rutter)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPZ71TWRx2k





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