It’s the smallest things of life that can make or break our days. **Mini mercies and moments of grace.** An unexpected visit, call, text, email or snail mail, perhaps. A bouquet of flowers. A delicious meal we eat. A friend to greet. A great book to read. A new place to see.
A cup of aromatic coffee or a pot of tea to savour. Photos of our family to take and share. A loved one to hug and hold. Music and sounds which delight or give us pause for thought. And the pleasure of enjoying nature’s abundance outdoors.
Having M.E and chronic illness has taught me not to despise the tiny, mundane things of life. When I yield to my body’s need to rest and pause, I often get a soul lift when I slow down.
God’s presence seems closer. Prayer arises spontaneously. Creative ideas begin to emerge. Life’s small mercies bless me enormously.
Birdsong reaches to the depths of my soul because each throaty call is a reminder to stay in joy, to live this life by keeping the flame of hope alive.
It doesn’t take much to sense a heavenly touch. Life’s little things become magnified as we pay greater attention to them.
Lifted I attempt to dust my bedroom, just the easier parts I can reach, of course, but it leaves me exhausted, so I acquiesce, rest on the bed. And I hear— a susurration of traffic sounds, a background hum interrupted by an intermittent trill of bright birdsong— sharp, sweet, soft, solo, duet, each one knowing their place in the divine orchestra. It’s a river rolling through my head, leaping like salmon into my thoughts. I am stirred, calmed, inspired, touched to the core by the beauty of it all. Such a simple activity that rarely ceases during summer or spring, but it has the power to lift our lives higher, to add meaning to everything. © joylenton
“A birdsong can even, for a moment, make the whole world into a sky within us, because we feel that the bird does not distinguish between its heart and the world’s.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
If you’d like to hear what some common British birds sound like when they’re singing, this little video will give you a clue. I learnt a few things from it, too!
Are you in a season of needing to slow? Seeking to recover a measure of strength, energy and health after a setback, perhaps? I would love to hear what helps lift and encourage your soul. Feel free to share below. Unsure what M.E is or how it affects people? This article will help. 😉❤️💜 Xx