The 60th annual Swallows Day parade takes place in San Juan Capistrano this weekend. It is the largest non-motorized parade in the United States. This event celebrates the return of the swallows from Argentina where they winter each year. Parade spectators enjoy the festive ambience and a sense of community as local clubs, schools and associations participate. There are dogs, wagons, horses, bands, dancers, and of course the pooper-scoopers at the end! The only thing missing are the swallows, most of whom have unfortunately migrated further north to Chino Hills.
Today’s verse talks about the ideal place where the swallow builds her nest for herself and her family. The swallow builds her nest near God’s altar. When one thinks of a nest, there is the thought of comfort, care and protection. A nest represents home and hearth. The altar of God represents His presence and His dwelling is described as “lovely” (verse 1). His altar is a place of adoration and worship and the one who dwells there is said to be blessed or happy.
My nest could be feathered very comfortably with all kinds of creature comforts. But like the swallow in today’s verse, the most important component is God’s presence. Far more important than open concept, decor or the latest appliances is enjoying the presence of my Lord God and King every day. He has knocked on my door (Rev.3:20) and I want to make sure that my door remains open to Him!
Lord, may my home be marked by the happiness and peace I have in You!