16 February 2010

The Audacity of a Chickadee


"I have heard faith described as a bird that feels
the light and sings while the dawn is still dark.
During bleak mid-winter in Minnesota, there are
days when we could name that bird; we would
say that faith must be a chickadee.
One of the most amazing things about the
chickadee is its ability to know, without the
benefit of a calendar, which side of the winter
solstice it is on. One might guess that the bird’s
winter song would be triggered by falling leaves,
falling snow or falling temperatures. But that
can’t be the explanation, because often during
January, when we human beings are muttering
and complaining about the long cold darkness
of mid-winter, the chickadees begin to practice
their spring and summer song.

Faith is like that. It doesn’t take its cues 
from the cold harshness of the world, 
it takes it cue from the warm heart of God. 
And, with the chickadee, it sings for joy."

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