It is one thing to
know the truth, while living it is another story.
Jack L. Drain
Lessons from the Sunrise Bird
For the last three summers we have had a happy
little bird live in the tree outside our living room
window. I called him the ďsunrise birdĒ because he
would begin to sing just as the first faint light
broke on the horizon each morning, continuing until
the sun was well up into the sky. He seemed to feel
it was his duty to sing the sun up. His song was
cheerful and loud. The whole rest of the day I heard
only chirping, but that sunrise song was long and
melodious and obviously praise. Iíve been an early
riser all my life and he would sing as I read my
Bible and went about my morning routine. Although I
didnít know the tune to his song, he put a song of
my own in my heart each morning.
one morning he didnít sing. Iíve waited each morning
for him to sing the sun up. It has been a week now
and Mr. Sun is having to rise without his praises. I
miss that sunrise bird, not only because I felt he
was praising God and His creation, but because he
reminded me that no matter how grumpy I might feel,
or how much I ached, that God was all around me and
my heart should also sing his praises.
know what kind of bird he was, nor do I know if he
flew off to another home, or if he died. I only know
I miss his sunrise song of praise just as surely as
God misses ours when we cease to praise him. That
little sunrise bird certainly taught me a lesson or
- Praise God in the dark in
anticipation of his sending the light.
- Praise God no matter how I
- Be grateful for each day
because it was not promised to me.
- Praise God every day because
it may be my last day.
- Be joyful for the beauty of a
- Praise God because I love
- Praise God because I never
know who is listening that it might cheer.
- Praise God because it puts
joy in my heart to make my day go better.
- Praise God because it makes
- Be joyful of the blessings of
Godís creation around me.
Mary Ellen Evans