Grace Notes

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Grace Notes

Rev. Julia Hamilton

No one deserves the pileated woodpecker.

The pileated woodpecker just exists. Not for you or I, not for the trees it lives in, not for the seeds and bugs it eats. It exists, and that is enough.

It does not know that the forest it flies into has been preserved. It does not know about the visitor center, or the fundraising, or the school kids or the trail maintenance crews.

The nature preserve does not exist for the Pileated Woodpecker. Or at least, not specifically for that particular bird. The preserve exists because of the human hope for the possibility of that bird. The hope that a bird, like the woodpecker, or perhaps one of the other hundreds of other birds that might be found there, the basic hope that birds of many kinds, will find a home there. But the specifics of *that bird*, that is just luck. Just chance. Just grace.

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