I lie awake; I am like a lonely bird on the housetop. Psalm 102:7 NRSV

Thought

Perhaps, like the psalmist, you lie awake, acutely aware of the absence of your loved one. You listen for familiar sounds but, instead, there is silence. You feel like a small bird on a housetop, lonely yet still with a view to the world. Your loneliness stands in sharp contrast to life going on all around you. Yet in your loneliness there is great comfort in the teaching of Christ: “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26 NRSV)

Prayer

God, because of my grief, I feel like an onlooker to life. I lie awake thinking, reliving, imagining how life should be “if only.” You provide for every lonely bird viewing life from a housetop. For now, I am that lonely bird. Amen.

Assurance

God watches over me and takes care of me.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012