A Spring Robin, and the Apostle’s Creed

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.

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