Wednesday, March 2, 2011

In A Word: Red

Red is the color of the beautiful bird (a cardinal, I think) that sang to me this morning as I ate my breakfast on the balcony. He was beautiful and his song was loud yet soft and quite chipper for the morning hour. He was honored to sing for me. He hopped from one branch to the next, turning every which way so I could admire his beauty. He finished one song and began another. The melody as happy as the first, but clearly different.

Red is the color of my dog's (Dakota) objection over me giving the red bird more attention than him. I was finishing up my cereal while listening to the bird sing and Dakota began growling with impatience. He thought I would forget to give him the last part of my cereal like I always do. He was angry that the bird was interfering with his morning routine. I told him to hush and when he did, I gave him the last drops of milk that he so desperately (not) needed. Red, funny enough, is also the color of the camera I used to take a few pictures of the bird before Dakota's barking scared him away.

Finally, red is the color of my Savior's words in the scriptures I was reading after breakfast. His words in John 11:25, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."  Also in Matthew 11:28-29, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

Red is color of the blood Christ shed on the cross so that we who believe would have forgiveness of sins and life eternal with Him. Red is the color of love and compassion that Christ has for His followers. He came not into the world to condemn us, but to give us life (John 3:16-17). Red is the eternal love of our Lord and Savior.

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