Written in the middle of the night, February 11, 4:30 am.

So many sleepless nights, Lord. So hard and sweet to walk my Daddy to Heaven’s door. So many signs of Your Spirit right here with us.

It started with the red cardinal about a month ago. Or maybe longer. He just kept banging into the picture window in the den in my father’s home. Over and over and over again, throughout each day.

Here he is, in action:

As we were trying to figure out what his problem was, because it was definitely a male, red, red, red, my brother Glenn suggested that maybe he was seeing his reflection in the glass, and thinking it was a competitor, kept banging into his reflection. I deduced that if this was the case, and he hadn’t figured it out after days of head-crashes, then male cardinals are not very smart=).

But in reality, that cardinal is communicating something more mysterious and spiritual. Evidently throughout time, cardinals flying near the windows of the dying has been a ‘thing’. Some say it is a loved one coming back to call the lover home. Or Your Spirit hovering. Here are several interpretations from Google:

The red cardinal is a spiritual messenger from God.

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The red cardinal is representative of one of departed loved ones attempting contact.

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When a red cardinal hits a window, it is a bad sign representing death.

The red cardinal represents the blood of Christ.

If you are lucky enough to spot a cardinal, you should smile to yourself as cardinals represent deceased loved ones, who are watching over you.

Again seeing a cardinal at your window usually means that someone who has passed on wants you to know that they’re thinking of you and looking out for you.

And surely all of the above are true of the sweet red cardinal who has hit the window multiple times a day and continues to do so. I wonder if he will leave after my father’s memorial service on Friday, February 25th?

Lord, there is no denying he’s a messenger. Your Spirit, Mom coming to tell Daddy she’s waiting for him, a messenger of death? I see all of these and am comforted. Yes, perhaps a sign of death, but not a bad sign of death. To me, that cardinal is a way You are telling Your beloved children, us, who can sometimes be a bit dense, “I’m here and I see and I know and it is hard but it will be okay. I am with you. Always.”

And You keep telling us this, over and over again.

Throughout these past 6 months, ever since my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we, his loved ones, have seen sign after sign of Your presence with us as we’ve walked through this dark valley. We are deeply grateful for the love expressed to us in hundreds of ways, through family, friends, my dad’s beloved cat, Maggie, and yes, even a red cardinal.

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If you would like to read my sweet father’s obituary, you can find it here.

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I will not be in need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For the sake of His name.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Certainly goodness and faithfulness will follow me all the days of my life,
And my dwelling will be in the house of the Lord forever.

ELIZABETH MUSSER writes ‘entertainment with a soul’ from her writing chalet—tool shed—outside Lyon, France. Find more about Elizabeth’s novels at www.elizabethmusser.com and on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog, Letters to the Lord.

4 Comments on “Letters to the Lord: The Red Cardinal

  1. I find this very comforting. Mom went to Heaven in July, then my sister in November. It is almost midnight, thinking about them both and how I miss them. I’m the only one left and I am so glad I ran across your post. I needed to see it! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. My mother had this experience in her home on Mt. Paran Rd. every February near her mother’s birthday February 21st. She felt my grandmother ‘s spirit was near and it brought her comfort and joy when it appeared. Peace and comfort to you and the family.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and research on the cardinal. Also for putting into words how you interpret these signs to deal with your own pain and grief. I’m sorry you all have had such a difficult journey. So grateful that his race is won and he is without pain. Prayers for you and your family as you move forward.

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  4. Beautiful and comforting thoughts. So hard to lose a parent! Praying God’s continuing comfort and reminders of His presence with you as you grieve and may His peace that passes all understanding continue being very evident to you.

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