The Many Voices of Pentecost
"The hills are alive with the sound of music."
This is true on our Bethany property. One becomes aware of this when walking through the old growth forest, through St. Theresa’s Garden and Sacred Heart Grove, all near the trail head leading to the Contemplative Trail. As I walk through this space most mornings, I never cease to be amazed at the variety of orchestrations. The whispering trees are the home of many birds and critters, a few of which I will mention in this short reflection. Each bird makes their entrance just at the opportune time. One day the red-winged blackbird takes the lead and sings the solo, accompanied by the song sparrow who opens her throat to let out the beautiful sound placed there by our gentle Creator. The crows cannot be outdone as they make their presence felt by way of a duet, with energy, a strong presence, and various sounds. Then the squirrels come chiming in like piccolos making their tiny but important entrance. Under all this we have the steady beat of the pileated woodpecker acting as the percussion section. The hills, the groves, the trails, and Mother Earth are truly alive with the sound of music!