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The Bird's Word

The Bird's Word

Humans and Their Holidays

Posted by Cindy on April 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM

You humans are strange creatures for many reasons. Here's one for you. You throw weird parties on certain days.  There are ones fixed to your calendars like July Fourth, Halloween, and Christmas. Then you have ones that stay in the same relative position even when the actual date changes like Thanksgiving and Memorial Day. You get some totally weird ones like Resurrection Day / Easter, which never seems to be in the same place twice. (My human tells me there is an actual pattern having to do with moon phases and the spring equinox, but I don't see the pattern, personally.) There are also the ones that vary for each human like your hatch days.

For each of these holidays, you do different things. Sometimes you give gifts to each other (and me! That's nice). Sometimes you dress up funny. Sometimes you blow stuff up to make a mess with paper, cardboard, sparkly lights, and noise. Then there's the food.  You usually have way more food than a whole horde of humans could eat in one sitting.

I have been studying you humans for a long time. (I won't tell you exactly how long because my age is my business, thank you.) I don't understand what makes these days different from the others.  The sun wakes up at its expected time. It spins throughout the day as it usually does.  Then it goes to sleep when it should.




We birds do not have such events. We take time each day to enjoy the day in our own happy ways. I personally enjoy whistling, shredding paper, and ringing my bell, but that's me. Some birds share some or all of my hobbies, but there are others who do different things.  Here's a bird who likes to dance:

Dancing Cockatoo

I'm not going to say that humans have it wrong. Your days are yours to do with as you want. If you want to have these holidays at times that may be random or scheduled, go right ahead.

Here, maybe one of your fellow humans said it best:

[Rom 14:4-6 NLT] 4 Who are you to condemn someone else's servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord's help, they will stand and receive his approval. 5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. 6 Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.



For next Wednesday, Part 3 of the spotlight on Dianne Gardner's Altered.

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