Posts Tagged ‘delight’

The thrill of surprise

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I’m watching two wattle birds swoop down to splash,

taking turns in the fish pond, in a quick dash,

then perching to shake themselves, on the deck rail,

feathers now fluffy – head, wing and tail.

Their choice of a bath place, I didn’t expect.

My custom-made birdbath they chose to reject.

And by my front door in camellia bush nest,

are three tiny sparrows, my scarce-hidden guests.

Such public nesting, so easy to spy,

where everyday traffic passes close by,

is not what’s expected in avian care,

I’d expect sparrow parents to house them elsewhere.

Oh, the creatures of nature don’t always conform

to our expectations, to our sense of norm.

They make creature choices, they find their own ways,

co-existing with humans, they brighten our days.

What a joy God’s creation, its myriad forms.

What a marvel the way every creature performs.

In the pattern and order, the thrill of surprise,

in delights unexpected, our Creator’s so wise.

Copyright © Ellen Carr 2013


Praise for funny things

It’s funny

how beloved tunes

send shivers up my spine,

how worshipping in song

connects with the Divine.


When sunset clouds ignite,

when roses’ scents delight,

my spirit, still and quiet,

rejoices and takes flight.


It’s funny

how a full-grown man

weeps at a baby’s birth,

how its tiny hand surpasses

every other hand on earth.


When waves pound on a beach,

when fifty parrots screech,

when clouds swirl out of reach,

it’s a sermon without speech.


It’s funny,

how beauteous things

make faces smile,

how intricate things

our minds beguile.


When lightning cracks the sky,

when thunder booms nearby,

then rain pours like a sigh,

it’s a gentle lullaby.


It’s funny

how every single thing

is God’s creation,

how every breath of life

is revelation.


When sunshine warms my skin,

when loved by friend and kin,

when praises rise within,

my thankful prayers begin.


Praise for funny things,

the joy that each one brings.

My heart within me sings.

I soar on eagles’ wings.