Ok… Ever since the day we were given the circle rainbow was in the sky (Noah’s cremation day), we have had a visitor.
We were sitting in the dining room and on the top of the window there was loud tapping. A cardinal was sitting on the window - flapping, pecking like crazy! Once we looked at him, he would start to sing. I thought, he must see his reflection, so I went outside and that wasn’t the case – he just stared at me and sang. I came back in and went in to the office. He followed and did the same thing on the office window. Dennis and I were stumped. This went on all day until about 7pm.
Day 2 – 7am…Tap, tap, tap…flap, flap, flap!!! Good morning! Dining room…office…living room… all day until 7pm.
Day 3 – 7am…Tap, tap, tap…flap, flap, flap!!! Good morning! Dining room…office…living room… all day until 7pm.
We have videoed him everyday.
Day 9 – 7am…Tap, tap, tap…flap, flap, flap!!! Dennis was getting concerned – we thought “what in the world!” He went to the internet. This is the first thing that popped up —
Birds, doves in particular, have long been a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Renderings of the holy spirit generally contain one of two elements, white light or red flames. The white dove represents the purity and peace in the light of the spirit and the red cardinal represents the fire and vitality of the living spirit. In addition, the cardinal is symbolic of the living blood of Christ. Both cardinals and blood have long been symbols of vitality, and in the Christian context, that vitality is everlasting. “By His blood we are freed from sin to serve the living God, to glorify Him, and to enjoy Him forever.” Traditionally, the cardinal is symbolic of life, hope and restoration. These symbols connect cardinal birds to living faith, and so they come to remind us, that though circumstances might look bleak, dark and despairing, there is always “hope”.
Our cardinal now follow us from room to room. It banged so much on the laundry room window that it tore the screen. I took clothes into Landin’s room (on the complete other side of the house)… tap, tap, tap. I opened the blinds – he starts singing. We into Noah’s room…same thing. Bathrooms…doesn’t matter. Sugar, our dog, barks like crazy at squirrels and mocking birds in the yard. For our cardinal, she sits quietly…watches and wags. If Dennis walks in the backyard, he follows…sits in the tree and sings. Landin thinks it’s so much fun. She runs from room to room…and the cardinal follows!
We are on Day 43…
He wakes us up at 7am…Tap, tap, tap…flap, flap, flap, but now we acknowledge him faster, so he can start singing – leaves us at dusk. Still following us, room to room.
Dear Heavenly Father…Thank you for all of the blessings during this time. Amen.