The first Bluebird at Maul-Hall – responding to the invitation to sing praise!

The birds nest beside the streams
    and sing among the branches of the trees. – Psalm 104:12

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. – Isaiah 55:12

1-DSC_0388What better image for a Sunday morning than our first Eastern Bluebird of the winter. The Bluebirds tend to stay away from our garden until the first serious cool down and this weekend the temperatures are dropping off considerably.

Consequently, Maul-Hall is back on the Bluebird radar and I was ready with their favorite mealworm treat. So nasty, but exactly the right snack if I want them to come back!

I understand that most of the feelings, emotions, and opinions we attribute to animals are largely a product of our need to believe we understand what they are saying… but I swear these oh-so-beautiful birds are singing very real hymns and they are doing it with eloquence and authenticity.

I believe it is no happenstance that Jesus pointed to the birds as examples. The Creator knows the creation and there is something about the way birds let loose with song that makes me convinced they know of what and to whom they are giving voice.

there is something about the way birds let loose with song that makes me convinced they know of what and to whom they are giving voice

An invitation in their song:

More importantly, I sense an invitation in their song. I honestly believe that Creation constantly sends out invitations to join in with gratitude and thanksgiving – if only we pause enough to pay attention.

I plan to pick up more on this later in the week, but – in my Saturday morning group at WFPC – we talked about making the shift from simply looking for evidence of God from day-to-day to being evidence of God in the lives of those we may encounter.

It’s one thing to say, “I met God when I listened to the song of the Eastern Bluebird this morning…” it’s another to be the reason someone else knows that they have encountered the Living God.

In love, and because of love – DEREK



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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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