Monday, June 12, 2006

What is it About Morning?

At about 5:45 every morning (you can almost set your watch by it) the birds begin “waking up.” You commence to hear them “twittering” off in the distance, then closer and more numerous.

If you listen close, you can almost imagine them stretching their wings, and rubbing their eyes as the daylight gradually dawns, and they start limbering up their voices.

Before long, the whole symphony is in “warm up” mode - with each playing their own instrument, each running their own scales. And although they never even come close to playing together, or playing the same tune, it is so comforting and peaceful to listen to.

There’s the redbird’s commanding song - always easy to pick out anytime, anywhere. And the multitude of little wrens and the (at least to me) “unknown” birds chirping and cheeping and peeping along… the mockingbird - playing everyone’s song but his own, and the woodpecker (bless his heart) he can’t sing, but just gives the occasional “squawk” as he flies from one tree to the next in search for his early morning breakfast. There’s the mourning dove, or as the old-timers called them “rain crows” announcing that there may be a shower later today…

Don’t they know it’s Monday morning? Don’t they know it’s early Monday morning? No, I guess they don’t. All they know is “This is a day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it…”

What a lesson we should learn from the birds…

Father, we are reminded of a lot of lessons from the birds. Jesus told us, "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” And that “not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”

What a comfort Lord, to know, that You know our every need. And as You provide for the birds every need, we still see that You do not “throw it into the nest” for them, either. They have a “job” to do, and we have jobs to do. However, we are to begin the day with praise, and “sing” each step of the way…

Thank you Father, for lessons learned from Your creation.

In Jesus’ name - Amen.

Personal note:

I am so excited! I just finished a weeklong class of intense study on exegetics and homiletics. (“Say what?” you might say!)

Exegetics - it literally means “to draw out”. It is an in-depth study of how to study the Bible. And homiletics is the study of preaching/teaching. And I am so excited. It was so good!

My goal is to write some group Bible studies that might last either over a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night - or once a week for 6-8 weeks. Please be in prayer for me as I attempt these…

And one more thing - for those of you in the Knoxville, TN area, my son John is looking for a church where he could be a part of the music and worship. He plays guitar and also composes/arranges music. E-mail me or check out his band’s website at if you know of a church who could use him (just him, not the band, although they’d love to come play for you.)


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