Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Bird Watching



I check on an elderly relative who can no longer drive. He loves to sit at the table by the bay window and watch the birds. Seems like a gift from God that a dove has built her nest near the window pane, and her eggs are hatching. It will give him so much joy to watch them growing from day to day.

I was reminded of Emily Dickinson's poem.

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again.
I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson

10 comments :

Mildred said...

I remember a Cardinal making a nest near our window one year. It was fascinating to watch.

Just today, I saw a deer along a busy road here in town, making its way to Lake Lanier for a drink!

Arlene Grimm said...

I have two elderly neighbors as well Karen. They have some chairs in their garage and open the garage doors on sunny days and sit on what we laughingly call the veranda. It is sad that your world becomes smaller as you get older.

Hazel Moon said...

Reaching out to even one is as doing it to our Lord Jesus. Blessings are yours as you minister to even one.

Nonnie said...

We have doves nesting outside our window under the deck. It is fun to watch them and I am glad for your relative to have this gift. I think there was also a song written based on that poem sung by Mahalia Jackson.

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,
If I can show somebody, how they're travelling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
My living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,
If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,
If I can spread love's message, as the Master taught,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
My living shall not be in vain,
Then my living shall not be in vain
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
Then my living shall not be in vain.

Theresa said...

I love watching the birds too:) Love that poem! Have a blessed day dear Karen, HUGS!

Karen said...

Nonnie, Thanks for sharing this song. I will have to listen to it!

L. D. said...

I like both of the writings.

Connie said...

So nice that he will be able to watch the little ones in the nest. Lovely poem by Emily Dickinson too.

Carla from The River said...

God is so GOOD!
Thank you for sharing,
Carla

Debbie Harris said...

What a joy and blessing for this gentleman to be able to watch the nesting of the dove. I would say that was certainly a blessing from the Lord.
I have started to become a bird watcher over the last year and just love relaxing just about anywhere and seeing the life of a bird. Of course now with it being spring they are quite busy.
We have 14 wild turkeys that have come to our property all winter and feed off the hen scratch that I feed the birds. They are fascinating to watch and bring my heart such joy. They are actually quite funny too.

It was nice to find you, Karen, and I look forward to following along here.
Blessings~~ Debbie

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