For the third year in a row, Mom has swallows nesting in the birdhouse gourd on her back porch. We love sitting out there and just watching the adult birds, both male and female, work together to hatch off their fledglings.
Four years ago, the birds used a house that my brother Albert got for Mom and Dad many years ago. We’re glad they switched to the gourd because it’s hanging right off the eve of the porch and we can watch it from the first time they come back for the summer to check out their nest, until the baby birds leave the nest.
What we find amazing is these are migratory birds, but come back to their same nest year after year. We wondered last year if it was the same couple that nested here before and after researching it, found out if both birds make it through the migration they do return to the same nesting area. One entry I read said that they mate for life, but if the female doesn’t make it the male will still return with his new mate. If the male doesn’t make it, then the female will find another male and will follow him to his former breeding grounds. I cannot begin to imagine how they can fly that far away and make it back to a little birdhouse gourd in a little backyard in Cane Hollow.
Both birds, male and female, work constantly to feed their babies. The babies are now hanging out of the opening of the gourd with their beaks wide open, just waiting for the parents to fly in with their beaks full of insects. This year there are four babies and there’s barely room for all of them to stick their heads out of the opening. They have their colored feathers now, also.
Hopefully this year we will get to see them leave the nest. Last year I kept waiting and waiting, knowing that it shouldn’t be long, because some of them would almost be out of the gourd completely at times. Somehow though, we missed it. This year I plan to check it every day and make sure we get out on the porch and have a good seat just waiting to watch them take their first flight out of the gourd.
It’s amazing to watch them and think about how God compared His watch care over the birds to His care over us, who are his children. In Matthew 6:26 the Bible says, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”
It was so wonderful to be back up with the choir in church Sunday. I love being able to have our conversations before church starts. You never know what topic is going to come up for discussion. Loved being able to shake hands with all my brothers and sisters. I just hope and pray that’s the end of masks and quarantines for a while.
My sister Charlene and brother Albert both took Mommy to Millstone Missionary Baptist Church Sunday morning for their homecoming services. Mommy was tickled to death to see everybody. She said she knew everybody was tickled to see her too. I asked her if the services were good and she said, “ Yeah honey, Charlene shouted.” I said, “So, what’s new about that?”
I saw a post the other day on Facebook that was so true. It said although online services are so convenient, it’s important to remember why church attendance in person is so important for your family. You can’t serve God from your sofa, you can’t experience the power of a group of believers worshipping together, from your sofa. Christians shouldn’t be consumers, they should be contributors, givers, encouragers, and participators in the service. The church needs us and we need the church.
Wherever we are, we should find a local church where our family can be part of community and use our talents to advance the kingdom and reach others, to come alongside one another physically, not just through a screen. While I’m grateful for technology to keep people connected that can’t physically come to church or need to be away, it’s absolutely not like being in the building and never will be.
A big congratulations to one of my former second graders at Martha Jane Potter Elementary, Robbie Gross. He passed the NCLEX and is now officially a registered nurse. If anybody deserves this Robbie, you certainly do.
It seems I missed a very special birthday last week. Preacher Bill Craft turned 88 on June 8. On that same day his granddaughter Celesta and her husband Chris celebrated their wedding anniversary. Brady Gross, David Dillon Fisher, and Lelah Dixon all had birthdays on the 10th. Karigan Reese Mullins and Shawn Collins had birthdays on the 11th. Kim Arnold, Earle Bone, Michelle Morgan, Austin Bolling, and Martha Watts all had birthdays on the 12th. Luke Holcomb had a birthday on the 14th. Ramona Ison, Sharie Bailey, Shane Lucas, and Haley Mchone King will have birthdays on the 17th.
Please remember to pray for all those that are grieving. I think of the families of Bones Sturgill, Donnie Ratliff, Orville Sturgill, Jordan Fields and especially my pastor and his wife, Bill and Sandy Jones. Also say a prayer for Sandy’s mom. She lives in West Virginia and Sandy has been traveling back and forth to help her family care for her. She is now in ICU in Charleston, W.Va.