Hummingbird Manners

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
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Luke 7:37-38 – And behold, a woman of the town who was an especially wicked sinner, when she learned that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment (perfume). And standing behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with [her] tears; and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet [affectionately] and anointed them with the ointment (perfume). (AMP)

The hummingbirds are back! What a delight to watch those miniature helicopters whiz around the flower garden. To encourage them to come closer, we boil up syrup for the feeders. Hubby diligently hangs the feeders along the back porch. Then he keeps them constantly refreshed. We have heard that hummingbirds are very social and in fact have seen this for ourselves. The day before they disappear for the winter, one bird flies to within a foot of Ron's face and flutters in place for several seconds. We know then that we won't see them again for several months. We believe that this little chap has come to say goodbye and to thank Ron for his months of faithful diligence with that feeder.

What an example for us! A little bird knows enough to say thank you to its provider and is polite enough to say, "Just letting you know that we are on our way! Bye! See you next year! Been great seeing you again! Appreciate all you have done for us. Love you!"

What would that hummingbird — and that woman of the town — think of our manners?

Prayer: Lord, we are not as polite to people as we think we are. Help us to be aware of our rudeness, and then give us the grace to use good manners instead. Forgive us for all the times we haven't even been polite to You. Thanks for all You are to us. Amen.

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