One of my dear friends gave me a beautiful feather after my mom died. Feathers, especially a white feather, are signs that our loved ones are watching over us. When a feather is found, unexplainably, on the ground, it is supposed to be a reminder of our loved one in heaven and a symbol of their presence with us even in death. It is a comforting symbol. I keep this beautiful reminder in my kitchen window where I see it multiple times a day and it reminds me of my mom.
Yesterday my devotional was about feathers but looked at them in a different way. The scripture that accompanied the short devotional was Psalm 91:4:
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge: his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (New International Version)
What a comforting image this is to me on this particularly rainy and dreary day. As I watch the Buffleheads on our little lake I can imagine them covering their babies with their wings, pulling them in close to keep them safe from the dangers of the world and protecting them. I truly believe that that is what God does for us during times of sadness and uncertainty, heartache and anxiety. He pulls us in under his sheltering wings and infuses us with strength and gives us the rest that we may so need.
So today, when you face a storm, feel some anxiety and are worried about tomorrow, take comfort in knowing that the feathers of love and protection are there to take solace in. The next time you see a feather be reminded not only of your loved ones who have left the earth but also think of your loving Creator who yearns to cover you and hold you close.
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Hi BethAnn, I just woke up and found your post. Gods perfect timing. We lost my dear aunt on Monday night. She was our moms younger sister and the last one in that generation to pass. As her trustee, I am somewhat overwhelmed with the duties before me! You know Jill had a stroke the morning after my aunt had her heart attack and we had just gotten back from Israel the night before. It was a lot! But God has been with us, covering us with love, strength, peace and wisdom to accomplish things in each day. Your story about feathers was perfect this morning. Jill is doing better and moving to rehab today! Thank you friend for your message! ♥️
I’m sorry to read about your Aunt. It feels familiar, as my Aunt passed away in October, she also was the last of her generation in our family. I’ve been missing her, this morning was particularly hard. Good luck to you on settling the estate – I know that is a lot of work and emotionally draining as well. Sending you hugs.
I needed to hear these words today! How did you know? Well, He knows, right?! God Bless!
what a beautiful post! I love the feather necklace, too. I always look up and say, “Thank you” when I find one. Such a comfort.
Thank you, Beth Ann.
I will never think of feathers in quite the same way again. Of course, I am familiar with this Scriptural image, but never connected it with individual feathers. Such a strong visual.
I’ve always loved that Scripture, which I think gives us so much comfort when going through a difficult time. Years ago, I co-led an online Christian group for empty nest moms, and I used those verses with a photo of a feather I found in my yard for our group’s private Facebook page cover. Thanks for your lovely words reminding me of that passage.
Your feather is beautiful and a good reminder of the that wonderful verse.