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Bird song and a joyous ‘homecoming’
The other morning, I was sitting on our deck in utter awe of the multitude of bird songs surrounding me in the trees. There were so many different songs, and I could actually hear each tune distinctively expressing joy.
Before we moved to our current home, our family lived in a house built on an open field that had once been full of corn. There were no large trees—only a sapling here and there. I missed trees and birds and their wonderful songs and sounds.
When we decided to search for a new house, one more centrally located in my industrial sales territory, our family prayed by focusing not on the elements we lacked, but with gratitude for all the good that God was already bestowing on us. In our house we had safety, warmth, spaciousness, comfort, and protection. As I prayed, I was very conscious of the Bible promise: “Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3: 10).
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