The Hippo and the Birdie Song

Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance, it is a time that we acknowledge our brokenness and sin.  During worship on Ash Wednesday we realize our dependance on God, we realize that we have a desperate need for the Living God.

We gather together and contemplate our mortality and received ashes in the sign of a cross on our foreheads.  It is a powerfully humbling moment, and one that carries me through the rest of the season of Len.   Not only is the service moving but everything leading up to the service greatly impacts me as well.

There are times that I feel like I am walking in the valley of the shadow of death.  When I am walking with people through some of life’s hardest problems, I take on their pain.   I feel for the people who are close to me, and I am hurting with them.  That’s why I think this Lent is such a powerful season for me.  When there is so much going on in my life personally and professionally and I feel like I am headed to the cross with Jesus and I am looking forward to the resurrection in my life.

During Lent we have the opportunity to prepare ourselves for the Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord.  My hope every year is that I am going to be in a completely different space Easter Monday.

But for the time being I have my family.  They show me glimpses of what life is like when I am not worrying about tomorrow.  After a tearful, yet wonderful Ash Wednesday Service my family got in our car to go home.  Well for some reason we started singing the Hippo Song:

In the beginning, God made the sea
And the forest filled with trees
He made the mountains up so high
And on the top he placed the sky

God’s fingerprints are everywhere
Just to show how much He cares
But in between He had loads of fun
He made a hippo who weighs a ton.

Hip-hip-hip-hippopotamus. Hip-hip-hooray God made us (2x)

I loved it!!! Once that was over, we were on a roll so I asked the kids what they wanted to sing next.  My daughter requested her favorite camp song…..The Birdie Song!!!!  So we were off and did a few rounds of the Birdie Song:

Way up in the sky
The mother bird flies.
While down in their nest,
The baby birds rest.

With a wing on the left
And a wing on the right
The baby birds sleep all through the night.


Annnnd up comes the sun
The dew falls around
Wake up! Wake up!
And hear the birds sound

I love it when my kids want to wake up in the morning and to start singing songs that they learn at Camp Calumet.  It is a God Moment and it brightens my day even in the midst of a reflective Lenten season.  I felt God’s presence in the life of my family.

What was your God Moment today?

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