I am in the throes of working on a sermon for the first Sunday of Lent, coming up this weekend, and it seems to be absorbing all my creative writing energy this week.
The two texts I'm working with are the covenant from the Flood story in Genesis, and Mark's version of Jesus' baptism. A common thread, though not one that will play much of a role in the sermon, is the birds -- the birds of the air in the ark, and the raven and two doves that are sent out in search of dry land, and then the Spirit descending like a dove after Jesus' baptism.
So with birds on the brain, here are a few birds from around our house.
"Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"
I've taken on a prayer practice of looking for the moments of light in each day, whether actual or metaphorical, and then writing or posting photos of what I find.