Tanya Allatt, with her husband Brian, runs the Quebec House of Prayer. She posted this picture on Facebook yesterday.
A robin had built a nest on the wreath on the front door of her home.
“She stays with her eggs all night. Then, in the morning, I knock gently to let her know that I need to let my chicks out the door for school.” wrote Tanya, “She is very obliging.”
The prayer room at QHOP has another nest, for another birdie.
A local missionary contracted a very painful chronic virus while overseas, and is now convalescing at QHOP. She is staying at their motel. They care for her. When her pain abates enough to leave her bed, they wheel her over to the prayer room where she can lie down and rest in the presence of the Lord. The sparrow with the broken wing has a place by the altar.
Waitaminit, did you say motel? A House of Prayer has a motel?
Yes, last year QHOP purchased the motel on the adjoining property. They run it as a standard motel, and suites are available for pilgrims to the House of Prayer. As they took it over and learned how to run it, they have learned a lot about extending hospitality.
“At QHOP we host the Presence of the Lord. Asking ourselves, what makes the Holy Spirit comfortable here? What welcomes His presence here among us?” muses Tanya, “And we also host the people of the Lord. What makes the House of Prayer a welcoming, safe place for pilgrims?”
Robins, sparrows, pilgrims, all finding a place by the altar of the Lord in Sherbrooke Quebec.