The robin first built a nest of dried straws and dirt inside my outside light. I didn’t notice what he was up to till the entire eight-inch-deep light was full. That had to go. It was a fire hazard. 

Then a few weeks later, there it was again, this time the nest was wet and goopy, I presume made of a lot of robin excrement. I got out my step stool again and cleaned it out. This time, I tied a piece of fabric over the top. Three days later, about three inches of leaves and mud adorned the cloth. Again, I removed it. 

Talk about perseverance! NOTE: no robin’s eggs were harmed in any way, but I do worry some for Mrs. Robin. If she is in labour with eggs, I can’t imagine the stress of keeping that all inside herself.

How do we cope in the face of adversity, difficulties and misfortune? I hope we stand.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

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