Dr-eee!

April 11, 2015
by Pat Bell

John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (NKJV)

John 1:12-13 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (NKJV)

One morning in March as I stepped out my front door, I was greeted with "Dr-eee!" — the territorial call of a red-winged blackbird. That first "Dr-eee" was echoed by at least three more.

On our wetlands, the song of a red-winged blackbird heard in March is good news, a sure harbinger of spring. Imagine my delight at hearing the evidence of something that I had cherished with hope through the harsh months of winter!

My morning walk is a time for stillness of soul waiting for intuitions and nudges from the Holy Spirit.

As I strode away from the house, I was quickly reminded of our joy at first hearing any good news after a time of doubt, gloom, and adversity. Then, I recalled the reassurance of my most-trusted good news: important Scripture passages that apply to everyone in the world and how I have reworded them to express what they mean to me:

John 3:16-17 – For God so loved me that He gave me His only begotten Son, that as I believe in Him, I should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn me, but that through Him, I might be saved.

John 1:12-13 – But as I have received Him, to me He gave the right to become a child of God, to me who believes in His name: who was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The mystery of being one of God's beloved children living now on earth and forever in His kingdom is mine to announce, just as the red-wing blackbirds proclaimed their presence and the coming of spring from the trees in the swamp that morning.

I wonder what else could draw our attention to God's good news and trigger us to sing it out?

Prayer: Father in heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, we ask that You would make us constantly aware of the evidence of Your good news everywhere in creation. Help us to help others to hear Your good news. Amen.

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Pat Bell <llebpat@gmail.com>
Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing Pat.


    How our souls join the songs of the birds in praising our loving Heavenly Father! Thanks for the reminder. Blessings.


    Thank you Pat for sharing your experience.
    It was uplifting.
    Blessings.


    Thank you Pat! The red wing black bird was my father’s favorite. Unfortunately, they are pretty much a thing of the past in our part of the world, so Thank you for basing today’s devotional on the red wing and letting me “see and hear” it along with God’s word.


    Thank you Pat for this timely devotional. Easter was most awesome this year. After a two year search we have found a church family to be a part of.
    Praise the Lord for the ways he blesses us daily.


    Pat – this really resonates with me as I love God’s Red Wing blackbird- it takes me back to my childhood at the lake. Reminded me how God has always got my attention through His creation. Anytime I was having a dilemma He always drew me to Him out my windows with a bird, or animal. Here its our balcony looking out through trees. Thanks for reminding me what an awesome loving God we are privileged to turn to every second of our lives.


    Good Morning Pat:
    What a beautiful testimony portraying your love for the beautiful gifts of nature God has provided us with daily. I was touched by your words “The mystery of being one of God’s beloved children living now on earth and forever in His kingdom is mine to announce, just as the red-wing blackbirds proclaimed their presence and the coming of spring from the trees in the swamp that morning.” God will honor your devotion to Him and your reward will be eternity with Him in the glorious mansion He has prepared for us when he calls us home.
    I loved this message because the beauty of the song of the spring birds, here on earth, is so minute compared to the songs the birds will delight us with in Heaven.
    Thank you for still another spring message. You writers are making the most of the spring sounds this year.


    So appreciated this message. Thanks Pat.


    Dear Pat,
    This is beautiful:
    Then, I recalled the reassurance of my most-trusted good news from John 3:16-17 and John 1:12-13: important Scripture passages that apply to everyone in the world, and how I have reworded them to express what they mean to me.
    The mystery of being one of God’s beloved children living now on earth and forever in His kingdom is mine to announce, just as the red-wing blackbirds proclaimed their presence and the coming of spring from the trees in the swamp that morning.
    I plan to send this devotional, with the idea of this rewording to a man in hospital, from whom the doctors have had to remove cancer treatments and just give him pain medication. He may not have long to live.
    I visited him in hospital today, and he is in need of assurance of God’s personal love love for him — to save him for eternity.


    Hello Pat,
    Thanks for the efforts you put into the PresbyCan Daily Devotionals. I loved the Dr-eee!
    I also enjoy being outside even in the winter and early spring. I rejoice at this beautiful creation that God Almighty has spoken into being and I savor the moments that I can be outside enjoying the wind/sun on my face and the chirping of the birds who are not only calling to one another but are also praising God.

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