Winter Texans keep arriving at our hummingbird feeders. Three different species today!
Our Roadrunner still patrols the neighborhood. He passed by at lunchtime today.
The hummingbirds that do not migrate to the tropics in winter usually stay closer to the coast in south Texas. What our winter Texans portend in the way of weather, I have no idea. We just welcome them. To me, their presence at this time of year reminds me of the “peaceable kingdom” Isaiah’ describes in 11:6-9. He does not mention birds in this particular passage, but you can picture them in the back ground. Isaiah knew his birds, and their songs must have influenced other passages such as,
“All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing” (14:17), and ,
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy” (35:1-2).
May everlasting joy crown your heads this Advent season, and all sorrow and sighing flee away (Isiah 35:10).