I’m not one for poetry… I like rhyme, but well…
then I read this one in George MacDonald’s book, “The Lady’s Confession” (Michael R. Phillips, Editor)
it’s based on the scripture in the Bible about God knowing when EVERY bird dies.
It helps me.
Consider the Ravens
George MacDonald (1824-1905)
“Lord, according to thy words,
I have considered thy bird;
And I find their life good,
And better the better understood:
Sowing neither corn nor wheat,
They have all that they can eat;
Reaping no more than they can sow,
They have all that they can stow,
Having neither barn nor store,
Hungry again, they eat more.
Considering, I see too that they
Have a busy life, and plenty of play;
In the earth they dig their bills deep,
And work well though they do not heap;
Then to play in the air they are not loath;
And their nests between are better than both.
But this is when there blow no storms;
When berries are plenty in winter, and worms;
When their feathers are thick and oil is enough
To keep the cold out and the rain off.
If there should come a long hard frost,
Then it looks as thy birds were lost.
The bird has pain, but has no fear,
Which is the worse of any gear;
When cold and hunger and harm betide him,
He gathers them not, to stuff inside him;
Content with the day’s ill he has got,
He just waits, nor haggles with his lot;
Neither jumbles God’s will
With driblets from his own still.
But next I see in my endeavor,
Thy birds here do not live forever;
That cold or hunger, sickness or age,
Finishes their earthly stage;
The rook drops without a stroke,
And never gives another croak;
Birds lie here, and birds lie there,
With little feathers all astare;
And in thy own sermon, thou
That the sparrow falls dost allow.
It shall not cause me any alarm,
For neither so comes the bird to harm,
Seeing our Father, thou has said,
Is by the sparrow’s dying bed;
Therefore it is a blessed place,
And the sparrow in high grace.
It cometh therefore to this, Lord:
I have now considered thy Word,
And henceforth I will be thy bird.”
From the Bible:
1 Kings 17:4 – “I (God) have commanded the ravens to provide for you.”