Meet Jack – My Mourning Dove
Introducing my new crew, one feathered friend at a time…
Hello! Check out this beauty! I am absolutely in love with my Mourning Dove. I had to introduce you. He’s one of my new best friends that I made from my porch. That’s the furthest I have ventured from my house in a while. We’ve been following the guidelines for several weeks. Staying inside unless we have to go out, respecting distance when we do have to go out, and doing our best to support small businesses from home. My husband has also been working from home and we have continued our homeschooling.
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Every morning I have headed to my front porch with my coffee and my devotional but instead of just spending my usual twenty minutes out there, I have been lingering. I have been busy making friends with my birds. And guys, I have fallen in love with them. I think they like me too, they sing me the sweetest songs.
So it was while I sipped my coffee this morning that I thought I would do something a little different here on the blog and introduce you to my new crew. They are really good at social distancing but I have tried to capture them in all their glory all the same.
My Mourning Dove’s Name Is Jack
We are starting today with my Mourning Dove. I believe it to be a boy because it is really vivid and there is a slight blueish hint to the top of his head. He seems to be single. Among my birds, he is the only one that shows up solo. I have read that most Mourning Doves mate for life so maybe he is a widow, but I chose to believe he is just young and has yet to meet his one true love. If he shows up with a date, I’ll let you know.
I have been calling him Jack because it means God is gracious and he is such a graceful guy.
Mourning Dove Symbolism and Scripture
Out of all my feathered friends, I’m starting with this Mourning Dove fellow because of what he symbolizes. Jack, the dove. What do you think of when you hear the word, dove? I think of peace and love.
I think of the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove that rested on Jesus after he was baptized.
” And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.” John 1:32
I think of the dove that returned to the ark with the olive leaf, symbolizing that the end of the storm had come. We are all waiting on that moment, aren’t we?
“And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.” – Genesis 8:10-11
And as I watch my birds fly away, carefree, I think of the verse,
“Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” Psalm 55:6
Advice From Mr. Wonderful
One night I read a post from one of my Italian blogger friends and it absolutely broke my heart. It was the second time I actually cried from the pain of living in a world under attack from this virus. I can not stand to see the terror it causes, or the loss it leaves in its wake. I just can’t stand it.
My husband was comforting me and he said a lot of wise things as he put me back together that night but one thing he said is the reason for this post. I was explaining that it felt like everything had changed. The world had shut down. Our precious Italy was losing its war, it had crossed the ocean and shut down our country, and people were losing their loved ones. He encouraged me to take some time to focus on the things that remained unchanged.
Our family is still together, we are safe in our home, we have what we need to stay where we are, and every morning the sun would rise and my birds would still be singing outside my window.
If you are having a hard time too and who isn’t, may I encourage you to take some comfort from the bird’s God has placed outside your window too. Take some time to focus on the things that have not changed. There is comfort in those things.
What Does Jack The Mourning Dove Sound Like
If you would like to hear what Jack sounds like, here is a clip from Bird, Inc.
The Mourning Dove makes a very distinctive coo. Some of the noises, calls, cooing, and other sounds made by the bird. Check out the TOP 5 DIFFERENT WILD BIRD…
Make Your Birds Some Treats
Mourning Doves usually eat from the ground so Jack wouldn’t be stoked over treats like these feeders. However, my chickadees, cardinals, and nuthatches love these! It’s a fun project you can do from home and it will attract birds. Enjoy!
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