I had an interesting experience last week. Sometimes, when the weather is beautiful, and the neighborhood is quiet, I go to our back yard to finish my morning prayers. There’s a lot of privacy and I can be as demonstrative as I want when I’m praying. Quite often I pray the Apostle’s Creed at the end of my prayer time, and that’s what happened this particular day.
As I started praying “ I believe in God, the Father Almighty…” a big Robin flew out from a tree and landed on our back fence. He looked right at me and stayed there, motionless, looking at me, as I prayed the entire Creed. At the end, as I prayed “…the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting, Amen” his beak opened simultaneously with my “Amen” and we both stood there looking at each other.
If I didn’t know better, I would swear he understood every word of the Creed and said “Amen” with me at the end.
As I turned and walked away, he continued to look at me without moving a feather. When I was finally at the edge of the yard, ready to head back into the house, I turned, looked again, and he was still there. I said “thank you” and he flew back into the tree as I continued into our house.
What a gift.