I lie awake; I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.
Psalm 102:7 NRSV
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)
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.
God watches over me and takes care of me.