Sing the joy of summer

My dear friend Lynn has been out in the Latton Vicarage Garden with her camera.
She sent me this photo of a newly born baby blue tit.

Next door they are having a baby. It may even have arrived. I heard baby noises earlier. That may, however, be the newly born twins who live in the flat at the end of the garden. It certainly isn’t the baby due soon at the end of the row. We are looking forward to welcoming into our little neighbourhood as we nurture them with our prayers, just as we do for the baby blue tit.

Whatever, it’s about new life, bursting forth in the life of plants and trees animals and birds.
The animal kingdom is at its most joyous and the birds are trying out their summer symphony.
There is a feeling that, despite the vortex of darkness in our world, there are signs of hope, of light, of a new joy coming alive on the earth.

Lynn sums it up in the choice of Psalm verse from Psalm 84.

My heart sings for joy to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself, 
where she may rear her young at your altar,

my king and my God. 
Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. 

Psalm 84

You may well know this little ditty by Elizabeth Cheney
Said the robin to the sparrow,          
‘I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.’      

Said the sparrow to the robin,
‘Friend I think that it must be,
That they have no Heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me.

As you look at the birds around you and hear them, I hope you might let them remind you how much your heavenly Father cares for you and will provide for you. It is a good thing indeed to hear the symphony of the birds. God is conducting their voices. He wants to add ours to the orchestra of nature which plays the music of God’s presence. Of this we are a part.
We are invited to sing for joy, ever singing his praise.

Thank you Lynn for sharing this with us.
[Mr G]

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