Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will

soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be


I like birds. I enjoy watching them at the feeder on my deck and hopping through the

snow to search for food. Images of them appear in art and decor around my house. In

fact, they even appear on my personal business cards. I’m not exactly sure why this is.

Maybe it’s because my mom has always loved hummingbirds and cardinals. Perhaps

friends who are avid birdwatchers have rubbed off on me. No, that’s not it.


The melody of the call and response of the birds outside my bedroom window nudges me

to wakefulness. Not only does this chorus that plays out every spring remind me it IS

spring, it reminds me that the birds themselves are letting each other know they are there

following the quieter, introspective winter months. Kind’ve like God’s reminder that He

is here for me, for us, following times of introspection, challenge, even hurt, all the time.

He’s here offering another day, another opportunity to learn and grow. What I do with

that growth opportunity is up to me.


Reminds me of our mission at Assurance to GROW in Jesus and GO in service. Like the

Apostles who, after Jesus’ teachings, went out to share God’s love throughout the known

world, we have many opportunities to “spread our wings” and serve within the life of

Assurance. At Connections, our missional campus, our 6-week Summer Opportunities

to Advance Reading (SOAR) literacy program is expanding, growing and going this

summer! Designed for children ages 4-5th grade, SOAR offers age appropriate, one on

one and small group reading experiences to reinforce reading skills, build confident

readers. . and to encourage, mentor them and help the children SOAR in life. Volunteers

who love children and have nurturing spirits are invited to join us from 9 AM-12 Noon

on Thursdays and Fridays starting Thursday, June 15th through Friday, July 21st.

Please contact Karen Anzola or Eileen Yantz for more information.


A little bird told me to “Go in service”. Actually, I think it was God calling! My

response? “Yes, Lord!” And that’s not for the birds.

Karen Anzola.