Moses’ father took him to herd goats,
taught him ways of the wild.
He learned the secret way of knowing
how to tell when danger might be near.
His father said, “Listen to the birds.”
The birds will tell you
everything about the bush-
danger, calm, morning, storm.
Listen to the birds
and you will hear the trees.
Listen to the birds –
they sing the rhythm of the land.
I would do well to learn in my own land
to listen to the birds.
Anne Grizzle is an author, spiritual director, social worker and retreat leader who lives in Washington, DC. She offers training seminars and consultation on family of origin, conflict resolution, communication skills, family spirituality, and contemplative spirituality. Anne serves on the boards of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Leighton Ford Ministries and Amistad Mission. She is co-founder of chapters of Women of Vision in Houston and DC.