Like this rhea, whose bird existence is complete even though it can not fly, I too can live fully even though there are things I will never be able to do or be.

My prayer

Creator, help me to live even more out of the fullness of who You made me.

Biblical touchstones

  • O God, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24
  • But as for me, my prayer is to you, O God. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me. Psalm 69:13
  • …it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something—now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have.
    2 Corinthians 8:10-12

Invitation to prayer

As you contemplate the image of this flightless bird, what prayers are emerging in your heart, mind, body and imagination? Pray them now.


Greater Rhea on the La Rabida Farm in San Jose de Mayo, Uruguay (South America)



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