Discernment

The lone, wild bird

The lone, wild bird in lofty flight
is still with you, nor leaves your sight.
And I am yours! I rest in you,
Great Spirit, come, rest in me, too.

I'm typing this in the evening, knowing that in the morning, early, I go to the airport, flying away for an interview.

I never imagined myself doing that.

As I embark on another leg of this discernment journey, I put my trust in the Great Spirit, though I know his bird is neither lone nor wild.

The ends of earth are in your hand,
the sea's dark deep and far off land.
And I am yours! I rest in you,
Great Spirit, come, rest in me, too.

I'm not going to the end of the earth, but I am going to the outside edge of the geographic area I considered, and then considered not, and then accidentally ended up considering again.

Each secret thought is known to you,
the path I walk my whole life through;
my days, my deeds, my hopes, my fears,
my deepest joys, my silent tears.

I'm a bit in love with one church and fascinated by another and for some there are no words just yet other than "hope" or "maybe" or "I wonder how they really feel about me?."

I trust this will all become clearer with each conversation, for I know that tonight I said no to some in my mind and must act on it when I return from my trip.

Great Spirit, you know my heart and my mind. Guide me, please, as I rest in you.

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"The Lone, Wild Bird" was written by Henry Richard McFayden (1877-1964).

14 thoughts on “The lone, wild bird”

  1. Good luck. I hope you have some fabulous, fulfilling conversations.

  2. Traveling mercies to you today. I send greetings to our Sisters in Christ. XXXOOO

  3. Blessings on you during this time of travel and discernment.

  4. Been reading you on Twitter this morning. Hope you get there! Best of luck.

  5. The bird rebuilds its nest
    anew each year
    stick woven against stick
    balanced against a different branch–
    but never once is
    its small, feather-wrapped heart
    anything but at home
    in the wide-sky world.
    (I add my blessings to the birdsong chorus!)

  6. May bright skies, calming winds and the Holy Spirit be with you on this trip!

  7. Peace to you my friend. Safe travels. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Traveling mercies on this journey today and on your journey of discernment. We’re rooting for you.

  9. Blessings one your travel.
    Wisdom on your discernment.
    Gratitude for the poem that you shared.
    Peace in your heart.

  10. Wishing you full clarity of spirit… be quiet and just listen to your heart. :c)

  11. Praying for discernment on both sides of any call you may accept. Anxiously looking forward to reading more as you embark on this new phase…I learn so much from you.

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