Unexpected Worshiper

by Mark Weinrich

Above the annual outdoor service 
perched an unexpected guest.
That mockingbird waited his turn
to give the Lord his best.

As the last notes of the choir’s 
anthem hung in the air, 
a voice rang out
so vibrant, sweet, and clear.

I wondered if he 
had been there all along,
not just enjoying
but singing their song.

What possessed this bird
that he was so inspired.
It seemed he wanted
to join the choir. 

His spontaneous song
of celebration, 
rang through the courtyard
to all creation.

Who nudged this guest to rise and sing?
Was it a reminder, a gentle word?
That if we don’t share God’s joy
the Lord will use a bird.

Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist—all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 139 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.

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