My breath caught God,
When I heard again,
the report of the plague
that was striking
the little birds
and the recommendations
to keep the birds six feet apart
I suppressed a messy sob when I thought about
How your eye is on the sparrows
just like its been on ours, as we fumble
on the bird feeders, on the masks, on the vaccines.
Bird by Bird,
Piece by piece.
God, your eye is on the sparrow.
And I think for a while, mine will be too.
Even though it’s sad, and hard to watch
A bird plague is much more manageable right now.
And if I can manage a that,
Then I know you can manage ours.
Even if the light seems to be farther away.
Even if Olympics and uneven vaccine distributions and delta variations
and one step forward and two steps back seem to be the norm
even then, maybe I’ll remember that you know how
…to take down the bird feeders
In your Eye. I think I’ll rest a while God.
and leave this half unfinishished prayer in your lap
while I fidget with the birdseed, and watch the birds….
Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
"Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal.
Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one. Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.
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