Let the desert and the wilderness exult! Let the Arabah rejoice and bloom like the crocus! Let it blossom profusely, let it rejoice and sing for joy! The glory of Lebanon is bestowed on it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of YHWH, the splendor of our God. ~ Isaiah 35:1-2 Migration comes in waves. One day, the migrants are absent, the next the trees are dripping with them. It is not like it is a desert the rest of the time, but the occasional overabu
This is the sort of fast that pleases me: Remove the chains of injustice! Undo the ropes of the yoke! Let those who are oppressed go free, and break every yoke you encounter! Share your bread with those who are hungry, and shelter homeless poor people! Clothe those who are naked, and don’t hide from the needs of your own flesh and blood!~ Isaiah 58:6-7 Fasting is unnatural, nature demands the opposite, i.e. put on weight in order to do the necessary work. All migratory birds
Get Off My Lawn!
For if you forgive others their trespasses, God will also forgive you. ~ Matthew 6:14 Most birds get aggressive toward others of their species when they get too near their nest or encroach on what they consider their territory. Some birds will team up to drive away predator species. But the unquestioned champion of the grumpy old bird competition has to be the Northern Goshawk. Their loud, shrieking call is apparently their language for “Get off my lawn!” When nesting, a male
When Did We Hear You?
“When did we see you hungry and feed you, or see you thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in, or clothe you in your nakedness? When did we see you ill or in prison and come to visit you?” ~ Matthew 25:37-39 The species in the Empidonax family are so similar that the only truly reliable way to tell them apart is by their song. In fact, unless a bird sings “fitz-bew” showing it is a Willow Flycatcher, or “free beer” showing it is an Alder