Flying Lessons

I am not usually a bird person – I love animals but birds seem messy and cold and aloof and I’ve never paid special attention – until recently.  We have a family of cardinals living in our yard.  Someone once told me that the cardinal is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and that has stuck with me.  Every time I see a cardinal I find myself whispering a prayer to the Holy Spirit.  And I’m glad for the reminder.
Saturday, I was in the yard with the dogs when something went whinging by my ear and hurtled into the grass.  I turned to see a small fluffy cardinal, unsteady on his wings, shooting glances around the yard wondering where he was.  And before I knew it, both a male and female full-grown cardinal had landed, one on either side of this little explorer, heads cocked, chirping words of encouragement.  I watched him watch them, gather himself and take off again.  The female flew a little behind him while the male took up his post on a tree branch watching and giving instruction.  It was so beautiful and mysterious to watch – as though I were being let in behind nature’s curtain, and I almost felt if I listened hard enough I would understand the chirps.  And isn’t that what the Holy Spirit is?  One who comes along and helps.  Flying alongside as we careen through life, offering encouragement and instruction.  And if we listen hard enough, we will always understand His words.
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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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