Sunday Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 29, 2014
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Bird NecklaceMy friend, Kenon Neal, is in a serious battle against cancer, yet she perseveres with a smile – and I love her for it. Sometime ago she gave me this little 'birdcage' necklace in appreciation for a poem she read in one of my books. The poem had first blessed me in the early years when I was struggling with my paralysis. It was written in the 1700s by Madame Guyon (a French noblewoman who was in a dungeon for 10 years) and is called "A Little Bird Am I" – if you are feeling confined by a trial today, I pray it will bless you as it has me, my friend Kenon, and countless others…

A little bird am I, caught from the field of air
And in my cage I sit and sing to the one who placed me there.
Well pleased a prisoner to be,
Because, my God, it pleases Thee.

Naught have I else to do, I sing the whole day long;
But He whom I most love to please, He listens to my song.
He caught and bound my wandering wing,
But still he bends to hear me sing.

And it is so good to soar, these bolts and bars above
To Him whose purpose I adore, and whose Providence I love.
And in His perfect will to find,
The joy and freedom of the mind.


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My sister, Kenon Neal, counted it a privilege to "know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings..." like few people I have ever known. I know she was blessed by your friendship as well, Joni. Thank you for your part in her "Celebration of Eternal Hope" Memorial Service. She is soaring now with Jesus.
  • Sept. 22, 2014
  • 7:48 p.m.
  • Dana Oliver
  • July 5, 2014
  • 11:55 p.m.
  • Judith R Audette
Lovely! Thank you so much for sharing this. I read your book as a young woman and was so touched by the way you chose to live out your days. Your honesty and ability to bare your heart through your writing, touched many lives in a way that you will probably never quite fathom. Blessings.
  • July 4, 2014
  • 5:19 a.m.
  • Eckie Friar
Oh Joni! To be able to worship, no matter the trial nor the circumstance, is my own personal goal! The poem speak volumes to me! Thank you so much for sharing it with us this day!
  • June 29, 2014
  • 11:21 p.m.
  • Jennie Biggs
Love the poem, you are the only other person I have known who is familiar with Madame Guyon!
  • June 29, 2014
  • 8:19 p.m.
  • Kim