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We keep a small bird feeder outside the tall windows in the back of our house. It only requires a minute or two to exit the patio door and make our way around the corner to fill the feeder with its singular scoop of birdseed. I don’t even find the birdseed to be all that expensive to keep around for our feathered friends, especially when I purchase it on-sale. It’s all so simple.

Yet, our feeder often swings, empty on its hook and lonely in the winter wind, wearing a top hat of accumulated snow.

I know the birds wait for our contribution. They keep an eye on the feeder. I know this because when the feeder is full, the birds always come.

They come in a swarm of delicate flittering and fluttering, a riot of color, a miniature crowd of picking, pecking, and scattering. We like nothing more than to watch them gather, filling their bitty bellies with berries, and kernels, and seed. We try our best to name them — can we guess their breed, their mate, their favorite kind of treat?

It is such a small sacrifice, to fill our feeder with seed. The benefit and the blessing of gazing upon the resulting avian dance far outweighs any hardship that we could possibly have incurred.

I’ve come to feel similarly about the small sacrifice of giving a financial gift to the Reformed Journal. It is such a simple thing to do, and the delightful dance that follows keeps my heart and mind blessed and ever-engaged.

The Reformed Journal and its many weekly offerings are a rich compilation of pretty, thought-provoking, and curiosity-quenching morsels. My financial support is a simple gift to help keep it all functioning. And, I always get abundantly more in return.

I hope you’ll make the simple sacrifice, and give a gift as well. I know you’ll receive much, much more than you bargained for.

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Monthly giving is so sweet. You hardly feel the monthly gift. It helps our cash flow and by the end of the year it adds up to a significant gift. (BTW, the blue “Give Monthly” button above works for one-time gifts, too.)

We’d really encourage you to try our But Wait…There’s More offer. Select one book now from a lineup of three. Then receive two new books in 2023 — all books by authors familiar here on the Reformed Journal. And finally you’ll be invited to private conversations with the authors. What’s not to like?

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Top photo by Salomé Guruli on Unsplash
Second photo by Mark Timberlake on Unsplash
Third photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

Katy Sundararajan

Katy enjoys writing here at the Reformed Journal about the small things that give us pause and point us to great wonder, the things that make our hearts glad and remind us of where our hope comes from. You can find more of Katy’s writing through Words of Hope free daily devotionals, and in Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures: Daily Devotions for Animal Lovers. Give Katy a good book, a pretty view, or a meal around the table with laughing people and she’ll say, “All is well.”

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