- The thirteenth-century poet Rumi makes many references to birds in his poems. In his book of translations of Rumi poems about birds, Coleman Barks notes the importance of these holy creatures.
- Birds shed and help us to think about what we need to let go as our lives are in a state of constant change. Here's Melannie Svoboda on this universal process.
- In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenges the disciples and other listeners to learn a few of the essentials of the Way from the birds and the lilies of the field. Roger Owens elaborates in Give Me a Word.
- There is beauty, grace, mystery, and love all around us: all we have to do is pause and take the time to be attentive and to lean into the presence of God in everyday life. Kent Nerburn hears some mysterious birdsong and finds himself pondering its meaning.
- The idea of birds resting in each other's warmth is so vivid that Hugh Prather is prompted to pay tribute to the closeness and intimacy of being married.
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