Strength & Courage

Dear Saints,

I’m hoping you are noticing/hearing the increase in bird songs each morning. It’s such a nice way to wake-up.  Well, I should say MOST bird songs. The other day I woke up to what I thought was a dog barking but it was way too early for the leashed dogs to be ‘communicating’ with each other. Then I realized it wasn’t a dog. It was a bird. A BIG bird. A turkey had gotten itself trapped inside the fenced-in water catchment area next to my building.

From time to time turkeys will land on the fence posts and then jump into the area looking for food but don’t often immediately remember how to get out. This time it was just one turkey inside the chain-link who was scurrying back/forth while another turkey was on the other side trying to coach the trapped turkey. Or perhaps keep it company or troubleshoot how to break out of chain-link prison.

I felt bad for the trapped turkey and the longer the entrapment went on, the louder and more rapid the sounds got. Sometimes sounding like a barking dog, other times like the urgent turkey clucks we are more familiar with. Wikipedia states there are many, many types of turkey sounds:  “gubles”, “clucks”, “putts”, “purrs”, “yelps”, “cutts”, “cackles”, “kee-kees” and the coveted French call “Blululqu”. (Whatever that is)

I’m not sure how many of those I heard but it wasn’t fun listening to the trapped turkey, even though I knew eventually it would figure out how to get free. It was only a matter of time.

In the past year I imagine we have made the majority of the human equivalent of those turkey sounds when learning how to use all sorts of technology (helps and fails), remote work and schooling, forgetting our mask until we get to the front door of the post office, standing in line outside supermarkets to see how much meat and toilet paper was already gone, missing out on major and minor life events and celebrations, and of course not being able to worship in person.

Like the turkey we found ourselves trapped beyond our own desires but in time we figured out a LOT of how to re-tool to get through this time, both at church and in life. We’ve still got a way to go, but the worst (hopefully) is over.

This month we will hit two important dates; the marking of a year of beginning to endure the pandemic and… the change to daylight savings. Increased daylight could not be happening at a better time which promises increasing warmth/snow melt, more daylight to do outdoor activities and evidence that Spring and Easter really are on the way.

As we go deeper into Lent and longer into waiting to be freed, know this: You are not alone. You have the strength and courage to get through what seems endless and impossible, and most importantly, God is eager for us all to find new freedom from restrictions and disappointments as well as strength in community, even one cluck at a time.

Seeking a happier future with you,

Rev Jen