June 21, 2016


She was a gift of grace.


She was a mama hummingbird.  I noticed her one day, beginning to build a nest on a tree branch right outside my office window.  The nest was only about the size of a golf ball.  It was held to the branch with pieces of spider web.  The first few days, she fluttered, hovered, in and out, in and out.  Did you know that a hummingbird’s wings beat 55-75 times per second?  That a hummingbird’s heart beats over 1200 times per minute?


As the days passed, she spent more and more time in her nest, sometimes resting for minutes on end.  I assumed she was resting on top of tic-tac sized eggs.


The first thing I would do whenever I came into my office was look for her.  Sometimes she would be there in her nest.  Sometimes I would have to stand and wait and watch until she returned. She slowed me down!  OK – my heart doesn’t beat 1200 times a minute, but I do know that I too often rush here and there.  She made me pause and look and notice and pay attention.  What a gift of grace!


One day she was there.  The next day she was not.  I don’t know what happened to her.  Life is fragile, even tenuous at times.  The events of the past month have made all of us aware of that fact.  But I remember this scripture from Matthew 10:29-31:  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  (Luke’s version says:  Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight). And even the hairs of your head are all counted.  So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”  In the midst of my sadness, I hold to that promise – for mama hummingbird, for myself, for all of this hurting, beautiful world.


I pray that this summer brings you occasions to slow down, to pause and look and notice and pay attention to the gifts of grace that God sends.  I pray that the promises of God in Christ Jesus strengthen you and give you good courage.




Pastor Kendra


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