Birds Glorious birds - cardinals, doves, water birds, cranes, blue jays, pigeons, all God's creatures!
God speaks to us in many ways and sends His messengers in many forms.
For some it may be in the form of Angels. For others... Birds, and yet for others it may
be something else, but always something significant or special to that individual, so they
may understand and gain knowledge of the never ending depth of His Love.
animals used as God's messengers?
Are there Biblical references in
which God commanded the animals to bring messages of warnings, peace
and reassurance, and knowledge?
We know of course that He thought enough of them to want them
saved during the Flood, and that there is the account of Him speaking
through Balaam's donkey.
There are fish with coins, there is Elijah's raven, and
tradition has it that the oxen reacted in a special manner at the
birth of Jesus. The Lord can use anything.
This seems especially true of birds. It was a dove that
returned to Noah as a sign from God with an olive branch in its
mouth, and when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus, it was in the
form of a dove.
In our own time those who visit the shrine of Assisi, note the
strange way doves remain perched on a statue of St. Francis (who
loved and communicated with animals), and at Medjugorje in former
Yugoslavia, the Blessed Mother's nightly apparitions are announced by
the sudden silence of swirling birds.
"While in Medjugorje we have seen the sun dance on each visit,
saw waves of light when the Blessed Virgin appeared to the
visionaries, saw flashes of light outside the church going up the
towers as the birds circled the towers singing with their joyful
calls," noted reader Earl Sprung. Many are those who specifically have seen doves,
and have seen them in ways that seemed highly improbable.
In a story last week on signs, an account of a dove
flying alongside a car that was traveling faster than one would think
a dove would want to keep up with, was noted. This happened to another viewer
who noted, "I also saw a dove flying next to my car as it was going
sixty miles an hour on the freeway."
That was the same speed yet a third viewer recalled, in a case
where a dove seemed to keep even with the automobile windows during a
family crisis, as a sign to youngsters worried about their mother.
A nurse named Barbara Flood of Warnerville, New York, recounted
the way birds served as a sign as if in reassurance. Her husband was
ill, and she had just prayed with him to be able to support the
family while he was sick. "As my husband drove me to work after our prayer,
literally dozens of mourning doves descended and blocked the road around us,"
she says. "It was a very calming, emotional experience. We had never seen so
many doves in our area ever. They walked around the car, encircling it, and we both
immediately felt God's response to our prayer."
"I had an amazing sign from God," says Janice Hurst of Baton
Rouge. "One day after my 17-year-old son Cory had been run over and
killed in a hit and run incident, I was sitting on my porch sobbing
when I noticed several beautiful red birds gathered under the tree.
I asked God if he would send a red bird to me as a sign that my son
was okay and with Him. I felt kind of embarrassed asking for such a
thing because I couldn't imagine a bird just coming up to me.
Meanwhile, the mail came and I had a small package in which was a
letter from Reader's Digest. I have never ordered anything from
Reader's Digest so therefore I thought this was rather strange.
Inside the package was a small note saying, 'I'm sorry for not being
able to fill your request, but as a consolation gift I have included
a small gift.' When I emptied the package I was so shocked to see a
stained glass red bird and will treasure this little red bird as a
reminder that even when we think God is not listening to our prayers,
He is. Thanks be to God!"
In the spring, I was at my parents using their computer. The weather was sunny,
so I opened the door to the backyard. A sound behind me startled me.
I spun around and saw a red-breasted robin, sitting on the door, chirping
and warbling excitedly for all he was worth.
This struck me as odd, as usually the little guys fly away from people,
not TO them. He chirped a little longer and then flew away.
I could not let my first robin-sighting of spring end so soon, so I followed the bird
out the back door to see which way he had flown. That is when I heard
another startling sound. Something was splashing in the swimming pool.
I grabbed the net and fished out a little bird who was trying to keep
its beak above water.
Was the first "rescue robin" a messenger from the Lord,
who knew he could count on me? I don't know, I just keep my eyes and ears
open for distress calls. Someday, I might need the rescue too. --Susan
And then there are birds that have taken up
"A few days after the 9-11 attacks, I was driving from home in
Lebanon, Indiana, to Indianapolis," says Cindy Thrine. "As I drove,
I thought about the attacks and about my concerns for our country's
future. (For some time I had been praying for America to return to
being 'one nation under God.' ) As I talked with God about my
concerns, a large flock of birds caught my eye as they flew in the
sky. There had to be hundreds of birds flying slowly together. It
looked like a ribbon flowing in a breeze as the flock dipped and
soared in the sky. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed as the birds' flight
took the shape of a huge heart in the sky. I smiled and silently
thanked God for his love and for displaying his presence in my life."
This also happened to Cathy Norman of Fremont, California.
"On Sunday, April 3, the day following Pope John Paul II's
death, my friend and I were beginning our drive home to San Jose
after visiting our relatives in Los Angeles," she relates. "She had
gone for a funeral of a family member and invited me along. About
1pm, just as we were leaving the suburban area, we started to pray a
Rosary for her niece and for the Holy Father. She was driving, and I
was looking at the sky as we prayed. I noticed some crossed clouds
in the sky and mentioned to her that it looked like a cross. She
also looked up and said, 'There's the Holy Spirit!' It was a cloud
in the shape of a bird... one elongated puffy cloud in the middle,
with wispy clouds on either side of that forming the shape of wings.
As I looked up at the 'dove' in the sky, I noticed a helium balloon
disappear right into the 'heart' of the 'dove.' I like to think it
was a balloon released in honor of Pope John Paul II by a Sunday
worshipper at some nearby Catholic Church."
And then there is the woman who had brought her mother who was
dying from cancer home to New Hampshire.
"She always loved doves and her Christmas tree was always filled
with them," this reader recalls. "My husband and I brought her doves
and garland home with her and we helped her decorate her tree. On
December 9, she fell and due to the tumors on her bones, her leg was
broken. She then had to be in a hospital bed in our family room
where her tree was. There was a large picture window right next to
her bed and every day the backyard would be filled with mourning
doves. Everyone was amazed who came to visit her -- what a wonderful
sight -- the doves on her tree and the mourning doves filling the
backyard. She died the morning of December 23 (a Saturday -- she
wore the brown Scapular). Christmas Eve morning I looked out and all
the mourning doves were gone, except for one which, when it saw me,
walked over to the picture window and looked at me for a short time
before it flew straight up.
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an amazing story with you.
At the age of 63, my health fanatic dear dad had just passed away
from an unexpected sudden heart attack. He was a huge lover of animals
and saved countless numbers of birds from certain death. We have a picture of
him with one of the little sparrows on his finger as he let it go. The birds seemed to
always find him.
Dad was an airline mechanic and would often bring home birds that he
found on the runway, soaked in oil, and try to save them. He was a very big,
soft-spoken sort of earthy, great man. The children in my family were brought up
to treat animals with respect.
A few short weeks after Dad passed away, it was a very hard time because
my husband was also very ill at the same time. I was sitting out in my
backyard when I noticed that a big white pigeon was sitting on my fence and
staring at me. For some strange reason, I seemed to feel that I had
a connection with this bird.
The bird came closer and closer. He was not afraid of me. He actually ate right out
of my hand and wouldn't leave.
After the first visit, this bird began to visit me every day. One of the most
bizarre incidents with this pigeon was when my husband and our two little
girls, two cats, and my dog were sitting in my living room. The bird stared at
me through our sliding glass door and started to walk right into the house.
My husband looked over at me and asked, "Margie, are you feeding
the pigeons again?" My cats just looked at the bird and went back to sleep.
About a week later, my brother, who lives about five miles from me, came
over to my house with something he said that he just had to show me.
He began to tell me about a white pigeon who wouldn't leave him alone.
He brought a videotape to show me how the bird followed
him around just as my white pigeon had followed me. The pigeon even
flew next to my brother while he was driving his car. I wouldn't have
believed this had my brother not had the video to show me.
We are totally convinced that this pigeon was delivering a message
from my dear dad. When my dad was young (a poor boy from Pennsylvania)
he had raised pigeons. It's too coincidental to not be a message from God
or a way that Dad was sending us peace.
I now watch the birds and am totally amazed by them.
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