In its littleness, little bird wonders how
it will please such a great and glorious
Majesty. It turns to the words of Shadrack,
Meshach, and Abednego who offered themselves
up and were delivered from the intense flames
of the furnace by the hand of the Lord: "But
with contrite heart and humble spirit let
us be received; as though it were holocausts
of rams and bullocks, of thousands of fat
lambs, So let our sacrifice be in your presence
today as we follow you unreservedly; for
those who trust in you cannot be put to shame.
And now we follow you with our whole heart,
we fear you and we pray to you. Do not let
us be put to shame, but deal with us in your
kindness and great mercy." 1.
Kindling of my broken self
Placed in the hearth of my heart;
Tinder dry from sacrifice;
Awaiting the Divine Spark.
Once headstrong, now docile;
Once the greatest, now the least;
Once the victor, now victim:
Mortified from untamed beast.
Attracted by the air of prayer
From the beast humbled and tame
Offering itself totally:
Divine Spark enkindles the Flame.
Present an offering to Him that
A kindling of self dried by sacrifices.
Little bird strives to offer up little sacrifices
each hour: desires not indulged; temptations
passed by; harmful words not spoken; little
acts of charity; little signs of love. Over
many days of countless sacrifices, little
bird is preparing to receive its Master more
(c) Paul Buis, 2000
1. Daniel 3:39-42
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