A poem by me.
When we first moved to New York we were astonished by this new, gorgeous red bird… and we delighted in his visits to our bird-feeder and chance-sightings on the road.
The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis; it is also known colloquially as the redbird or common cardinal. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico. It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps.
When my soul was embittered, (So often)
when I was pricked in heart,
I was brutish and ignorant; (Yes, Father…)
I was like a beast toward you.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; (You never leave me.)
You hold my right hand. (My right hand, oh, thank you, Lord!)
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory. (Praise His Name.)
Whom have I in heaven but you? (No one.)
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. (You are my life.)
My flesh and my heart may fail, (every day)
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (and ever. and ever.)
Sometimes only when bonds are tested do we understand their strength. There are ties that endure for a lifetime, no matter how frayed by fate. We can walk away and pretend that we forget them–pain passes, in the end. Or, we can step into the future–blessed and stronger than before because, faced with change, our love held fast and did not break. Our lives were not severed but woven anew, and our joy not halved–but doubled.
~Call The Midwife, Season 2. Episode 3.