Meditation written and read by Cathy Tamsberg.
It’s another beautiful morning at the beach. Blue sky, no clouds, cool air, low humidity. It’s truly gorgeous. As I sit on the porch overlooking the creek, there is a serious conversation going on among the birds hidden in a small cedar-like tree next door. I think several speakers are blue-black grackles. Others are Carolina wrens and sparrows. I’m not sure who else is having his or her say. I find myself wondering what they are talking about. Whatever it is, the grackles think it’s quite urgent. Finally a turkey vulture flies to the peak of one of the docks. It looks as if the roof is the bird’s pulpit and the sermon is about to begin.
I am reminded that nature is speaking to itself and to us all the time, but we’re typically too busy to hear it. I am also reminded that God is doing the same thing, often through the birds and the other coinhabitants of our beautiful planet.
One of our texts for today is the story of Abram and Lot dividing the land near Bethel. (Genesis 13:1-7, 14-18) The land can’t support both of their families and herds. So Abram lets Lot choose the part he wants and Abram takes what is left. The passage says of the section Lot took, “…the plain of Jordan was well-watered everywhere like the garden of God…” That’s what most of the planet was like before people fought over it and used it for their benefit.
Today try to perk up your ears to hear the birds speaking, the streams flowing, the dogs barking. You just might hear a Holy voice among the creatures’ conversations.
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.