By Retired Pastor: Rev. Kay Alewine
One of the greatest gifts living in Galveston offers is feeding the multitudes and varieties of waders, and birds that live in our area, and certain ducks that are on the path of many migrating ducks (like the Mallard Duck I fed a few days ago) . What a great surprise to see him come waddling up to share the bread I feed the birds everday.
The seagulls line our beaches by the Bay here where I live. Their beautiful calls are a pure delight to hear by this native Galvestonian – and especially when we cross the Ferry to visit Bolivar Pennisula where the Pelicans (my most favorite bird) LOVE to lounge about on the pilings and follow the ferries for their share of food along with the seagulls.
But there is another bird here that as far as I know, I am the only one who likes them. They occasionally get to share the bread tossed to the seagulls on the Seawall while our year-round tourists are feeding the seagulls.They are called “grackles” and are disliked mainly for their annoying call that sounds like a loud screech!
Since childhhod, I’ve never been able to see any kind of animal go hungry – especially a bird. When I lived in Arp (at my last charge) I fed everything that came by for food – (even the skunks whose food I would leave at a distance down a long driveway to the left of our property from the parsonage and the church) along with the groundhogs who left their holes all over our yard, but were easy to see and avoid. And I put out bird seed regularly for the all the birds who would come by daily – even though the squirrels regularly cleaned out the sunflower seeds for themselves! But I knew I was to have mercy on them all. (Why? Later on down in this blog.)
Now that I am living here, I have figured out how to feed these long, tall black grackles without bothering any other of our residents. I start by giving them day-old bread on the grass close to us on the north side of my trailer, and then make a pathway of bread to get them to come to the back of the trailer where there is a deep gully for the additional bread to accumulate so they can feed every day (Sundays, too). So, why do I know to have mercy on them and feed them no matter what they sound like or look like? Well, I’ll tell you.
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden God drove them out of the Garden for their direct disobedience to Him. The animals had to go with them so they could have food – EVEN THOUGH THEY NEVER SINNED. IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT. And the more I realized this the more I knew I was to have mercy on all of God’s critters. And YET – there is one critter I CANNOT STAND! The COCKROACH! SNAKES? (love them!) SPIDERS? (love them!) FLIES? – I try to get them outside so I don’t have to swat them. READ ROMANS 8:19—28 (NASB – OLDER NIV)
Whenever I get some time to be alone with God I just might ask him “Why did you make ___”?
OR THEN AGAIN, AND FAAAR MORE LIKELY, I WILL BE SO OVERJOYED TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF ELOHIM – FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT – I’LL REJOICE IN THEM AND BE QUIET, AND LISTEN TO WHATEVER THEY SPEAK WITH A BEYOND-GRATEFUL HEART! Amen and Amen! Kay