Awakening a Keen Observer

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Even in the Rain..

Grace and Peace
There have been storms all around us these past few days but none have really brought rain or thunder here. This morning I woke with the birds. When they are just waking they all try out their voices and sing their songs... later you rarely hear so many at the same time but at the pre dawn time they began their song. Usually it is one bird that starts the chorus and then the others join in. Even though it was/is a grey morning they sang.
I listened to the birds with my morning prayers and then when the rain came and the thunder continued they were harder to hear...but they were there singing.

So apparently we have to understand that even in the rain the birds sing. We all too often just give up when 'storms' come into our lives... What could we do to teach ourselves to sing... no matter the weather in the world around us.

Sara Lee Guthrie, Arlo's daughter and Woodie's granddaughter has a beautiful song...
You Gotta sing...all the gotta find yourself a simple song and sing it all day long...
You gotta sing....

Find your song today...
God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Banquet for the Senses

Wow what a great day for the senses
Started out with the bluebonnets and indian paintbrush flowers in the middle of the road
A Meadowlark, (bright yellow chest) sang so loudly it was awesome
A really big Great Blue Heron flew past
A field had just been mowed and smelled so very sweet
The feel of the earth in your hands saying goodbye to a treasured lady
It was wonderful

Awake I'm awake

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter is coming

We have had really severe wildfires here in SW Oklahoma. The precipitation is down the winds are up and that makes for some real problems....
when the news report said that there was an 80% chance of storms, will hail and rain and wind, we all took a breath.
It is Easter tomorrow.... but the earth needs the water, the fields need the water,

I pray for all who celebrate Easter. I pray for all who don't yet know that God knows us thru and thru and loves us still.

Happy Easter
God Abides
Bobbie G. McGarey

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Red Tail Hawk

So for the past 9 years I've been driving along highway 7 from Duncan Oklahoma to Lawton. Seven years of that time I went on to Frederick, Chattanooga or Grandfield Oklahoma. Right now I stop in Lawton where I'm the Interim Pastor.
In those years I've driven 250,000 miles.
Along the way I've observed the birds,of varied kinds -- hawks, great blue herons, cattle egret, one eagle, and meadowlarks. I've watched a Hawk next about 12 miles west of Duncan. It's on the south side of the road. Each year I've watched in the spring a beautiful nest and each year there's been a hawk on the nest. Only a few times have I seen one of the pair perched on the side of the nest. Most of the time I just see a head lookout over the edge.
On the way to work today I was approaching the nest ready to look across and see if I could see the bird on the nest. But then, on the side of the road something caught my attention. It was a hawk, red-tailed you could see from the feathers, dead on the side of the road. I immediately slowed down and looked toward the much as I could...but couldn't see any sign of the bird on the nest.
sigh. sigh...
Hawks have territories so I wasn't sure about if this was one of the pair that had nested. All day with all that went on in the office---I kept thinking about the hawk, the nest, the eggs...
It was a long day about 7:24 I was approaching the nest, this time from the west on my way home. I slowed.... I looked.... was there a head? was there?
Perched on the side of the nest was a red-tailed hawk. I couldn't tell in the twilight if it was the male or the female. But there was a hawk at the nest. There is a chance this brood will make it to maturity.
Funny, how this day was bookmarked by a bird, it's nest, and the wonder of it all. Keen observers what will you see in this new day?

God abide
Bobbie Giltz McGarey