Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Delighting in Ducklings

This weekend I was blessed to gather with a group of Dominican sisters- those who are in temporary profession and our companions.  It was a rich weekend, full of heartfelt prayer, genuine sharing, and plenty of laughter.

Our weekend was enriched by some unexpected guests - a mother duck and her 13 offspring who were living in the courtyard of the convent where we were gathered.  Throughout our weekend, we would spot the ducklings waddling after their mama, bathing in a small water bowl, and having their fill of the birdseed that had spilled underneath the feeder.

The ducklings were the center of attention!  Their wagging tail feathers and small peeps brought smiles to our faces all weekend, and their activity consistently drew passers-by to pause at the windows and watch a while.

These little ones, by their mere presence, inspired happiness.  They invited anyone who glimpsed them to slow down and delight in their presence.  It was an invitation I know I needed, and I’m grateful it came in such an adorable package.

Has God invited you to a moment of delight lately?  Did you accept the invitation?

Christin Tomy, OP
Sinsinawa, WI


  1. What a visible sign of God's presence.

  2. I work with preschoolers; they always bring so much delight. Today, on the windy playground, was extra special because I was able to share God's word with a little boy and two girls. As we spoke of the wind and how strong it seemed I told them that it reminded me of a Bible verse; John 3:8 "The wind blows where is wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So, it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." The little boy looked me straight in the eye and smiled and seemed really happy that I had shared that with him. I believe God invited me to this opportunity and it truly did bring delight.


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