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Friday, January 15, 2016

The Shape of the Soul | Day Six | Birds


We live in an age of anxiety, a continuous parade of tragedies streamed before us by the news media, warnings of how we might ourselves be vulnerable and broken, delicate and exposed as sparrows in the field. We are reminded to trust that God is always aware of our needs.
actually not ours to carry. We can trust in God to provide what we need.

“What is the price of five sparrows - two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)

Sometimes we feel overwhelmed, unsupported and paralyzed by the demands of life and worry. This burden, although not easy to put down, is “...your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” (Matthew 6:8) “Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” (Luke 12:24-26)

By our worry and anxiety, we are demonstrating a lack of faith in God’s protective presence. “... don’t be concerned about what to eat and drink. Don’t worry about such things...your Father already knows your needs...don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12:29-32) “...the frenzy is caused by an eagerness for what I want and not a spiritual trust.” (Flannery O’Connor)

The Kingdom of God will keep our eternal souls nourished and vibrant. The Kingdom of God, “...is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” (Mark 4:31-32)

The love of God surrounds us and keeps us safe and gives our souls wings. “Pray, and let God worry.” (Martin Luther)




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Journaling Prompts:

“...I tell you not to worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds.

They don’t plant or harvest of store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t
you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27)

“God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it in the nest.” (P.D. James)

“Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is (her) natural characteristic, the
artist works.” (Alma Gluck)

“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just
do.” (Eric Jerome Dickey)

“My heart is like a singing bird.” (Christina Rossetti) 


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Tomorrow: Crosses