Yesterday I volunteered at the Polasek Museum to do an arts and crafts project that they had for kids. It was free day and Valentine’s Day. No one showed up but I saw a red cardinal fly onto a tree branch. I was also by the St. Francis of Assisi and said the prayer and really meditated on it:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: (I choose peace instead of this).
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith; (doubt your doubts and not your faith)
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy. (Psalm 30:5 weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.)
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
When I got home Bobbie told me that her friend called because it would have been her 33 year wedding anniversary and the friend said she saw a red cardinal in the birdbath and that means:
A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you. They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you.
Which made me think that because it is Valentine’s day and my loved ones who have passed are letting me know they are with me and love me.
I will never leave you or forsake you sayeth the Lord.