Take Time

A postcard for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost 08/28/22

Great Egret at the Church of the Messiah in Heflin, Alabama, August 14, 2022.

It is amazing what you see, if you take time to look.

Earlier this month, as I arrived at Messiah in Heflin, a large white bird near the lake shore caught my eye. I often enjoy the geese that frequent the lake, but this was the first time I had seen a bird of this size.

It was Confirmation Sunday, so I had gotten to church early with a whole long to do list to make sure that everything was ready for the Bishop and to celebrate our new members. Because I was early, I was the first one at the church and had time to take a closer look. Also because it was confirmation Sunday I had my good camera with me.

I stood and watched for a moment. As I stepped a bit closer, the bird noticed me. I knew that I was running out of time, so I began taking photos. Sure enough, the bird took a few steps, and stretched out their wings and took flight.

I consulted my bird identification app on my phone, which told me this was a Great Egret and common to the area. It may have been a common bird, but it was an uncommon experience for me. I’m glad that I got to church early that morning, and that I took time to appreciate God’s beautiful creation.


A sermon for the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Heflin, Alabama, on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, 08/28/22:

Principal text: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Audio only


Coming next

  • September 4 – St. Barnabas, Roanoke — 13th Sunday after Pentecost
  • September 11 – Messiah, Heflin — 14th Sunday after Pentecost
  • September 18 – St. Paul’s Greensboro —15th Sunday after Pentecost
  • September 25 – Messiah, Heflin — 16th Sunday after Pentecost

Published by akhudlow

I am a priest in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama. I am a church nerd, printmaker, storyteller, and blogger.

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