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Bread For The Journey

While I have been preparing inside for Christmas, I've been keeping one eye on  the comfort of our hummingbirds that are making their home on our farm this winter. When the temperatures are above freezing it is just a matter of making six cups of sugar water every other day but last week the temperatures plummeted to below freezing even during the day.   This is not often the case on the southwest coast of Canada so we were not very prepared.   Between my hair dryer and "Hot Pockets" we were able to keep the water from freezing until we could come up with a more permanent solution.

This is where we are at now.  It is not a pretty solution at all.  We have heat tape, pipe insulation, and heat lamps.  Gone are the attractive photo opportunities but the hummingbirds have sugar water to drink and they have a better chance of survival.

The time spent keeping these tiny creatures alive has caused me to reflect on the ways I prepare for Christmas and what I am most thankful for.  I have spent considerable time making the home beautiful.  Baking and decorating and shopping for special gifts are all lovely. Our family appreciates coming home to a place prepared for their comfort and enjoyment but unless my heart is ready and I am thankful for Jesus in my heart, all the gifts and sparkles and delicious foods have little meaning for me when considering the real meaning of Christmas.

I'm so thankful to God for the great gift of the Saviour who left the glory of Heaven and came to live in a broken world and died to save me and all those that believe in him.

"In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins."

1 John 4:10 NET


  1. Those Hummingbirds had better be thankful for all the work you're going through.

  2. Such a kind heart, Lovella. Thanks for the reminder to reflect on the reason for Christmas!

  3. Bless you for your caring ministrations to the Hummingbirds, Lovella (aptly named)...and
    for your moving message of the Season. How often do we step out of our comfort zone as
    He did to bring love and caring?

  4. I take my Hummingbird feeder in at night and put it out around 8AM. That way it's nice and warm for them. Just started feeding them this winter and I have 3 birds so far. I love it. :)

  5. Oh my what a fun post to read. We have hummers visit during the warm months here in Ohio so to see them at your feeders on this cloudy cold day here is a treat to my eyes. You say your solution isn't pretty but with "beauty being in the eyes of the beholder" I bet those hummingbirds would disagree with you. Also I've never had more than one at a time at a feeder because our guys fight each other off. Bless you for caring for these little ones and for sharing with us!


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