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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Family of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran,
It seems that the quail are always around, regardless of the time of year.  Sometimes there are a dozen, but lately there have been only two to four of them.  I can always hear their distinctive call long before they show up, and I get a kick out of watching them walk around, with that herky-jerky walk, and the plume on the males flopping around.   One of them must always be on guard, to come in first to check things out.
I Had been working outside for quite a while, now standing just behind the house looking out toward the garden, when I saw the first quail come out from the raised garden beds, a bit cautiously, then closely followed by another, and then another, and  a whole troop.  There was a parade, and as they first stopped underneath the pear tree and then on to the feeders I counted twenty-two birds. 
Sometimes we may expect very little and get surprised by alot.  (And while that isn't always a good thing, now consider blessings versus challenges.)  And the only way that big brood is going to move from place to place and continue to grow is if they look out for one another, just like us.  God  continues to enrich life, providing surprising moments of teaching If we are willing to learn.  May we pay attention.
"Most loving Creator, you want us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing you, and to lay all our cares on you, knowing that you care for us.  Grant that fears and anxieties in this mortal life may not hide from us the light of your immortal love shown to us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 
In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy

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