One spring a mocking bird and his mate built their nest in a tree just outside the window of a ranch house on the plains of New Mexico. His song was a great joy to the kindly people on the ranch, and when he sang at night they were glad that the air could be so filled with music.

The work on the ranch progressed into early summer; the fields of grain gave promise of a bountiful harvest, and in the mocking birds’ nest were tiny birds. Then one night there was a storm, the growing grain was destroyed, and the work of planting and tending had all been for naught. The morning brought such discouragement to the hearts in that home that they felt it was not worth while to go on, to start over again and plant another crop. Suddenly the mocking bird’s song was heard, more joyous than ever. How had the birds fared in the storm? They had lost their nest and their little ones, —their home and their children,— but they had not yielded to discouragement. They had decided to build a new nest in a larger tree, and then, of course, there had to be a song. And so, encouraged by the mocking birds, the family on the ranch started again, and was rewarded with a plenteous harvest at the end of the season.

What lessons of courage and happiness may be learned from the birds that fly and sing, and how comforting is the thought of wings!

“I heard a bird at break of day
Sing from the autumn trees
A song so musical and calm,
So full of certainties;
No man, I think, could listen long
Except upon his knees.
Yet this was but a simple bird,
Alone among dead trees.” Wm. Alexander Percy

Posted on May 10th, 2013