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Friday, August 4, 2017

Bird Struck! Red-Winged Blackbirds

Family Devotional 

Day Four 

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

“Thirteen Ways of Looking at A Blackbird” is a well-known poem by Wallace Stevens that is often used in poetry classes as both an example of concise poetry, and as a model from which to practice your own observations whether in poetry or science.

There are several names given to blackbirds around the world, but there are two common qualities mentioned throughout history. The first is that they are gregarious which means friendly. It’s like the extra fun of being with family and friends at a special celebration. These red-winged blackbirds are gregarious in that they congregate together to raise their young. It must be a lively upbringing.

The second characterization given to them is the delight people have listening to their musical whistle.

In the early church new believers congregated together daily to share meals and fellowship, to pray, study, and receive the sacraments. “They worshipped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity” (Acts 2:46-47).

Many passersby stopped to see what the celebrations were all about. Sometimes as believers we try so hard to be good that we forget Jesus prayed for us to know the joy of fellowship with Him and God the Father.

Even though we don’t congregate everyday like the early disciples, we can still celebrate that we are all connected to each other in Jesus and be ready to invite others to join us. Next time you see a red-winged blackbird, stop and listen to his song of praise.

Action
1. Smile at others as often as possible today.

2. When appropriate, hum a little. See if anyone asks you why you are humming.


3. Decide what you will share about Jesus.
  
Read More
Philippians 2:3-4
Philippians 4:4-6
Colossians 3:16-17


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