The Front Porch Cardinal: Our Story

The Front Porch Cardinal: Our Story

Here’s our story where it all started: the front porch.

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Remember that rare, red cardinal

that came near

and caused us to pause

with warm smiles of mirth

at each other

when we first

revealed our desires

for more with one another

on my front porch?

The same place—

I don’t think you fully knew then—

I have met with my Maker

to fellowship

many times before

where the forgiving, morning sun

has kindly lit up

pages proclaiming

His timeless love,

drawing me with gentle rays

to pray and receive

grace upon grace

at the threshold


my house

and the rest of the world.

And there you were, genuine

plopped as it were

by His giving hand

upon my front porch

gently, intentionally

pursuing me,

first as a friend

in a wintery season

that threatened to keep

me frozen indoors…

“What humor!” I thought,

What kindness

that Abba would pour

such grace as balm

to refresh

my soul’s callous

from that past season’s sores

and draw me again

through glimpses of Him

in your words, service, and worship

to this

front porch fellowship,

this missed,

nearly forgotten

daily renewal within,

with Him.

And now you, it seems

have become to me

that rare, red cardinal

who so beautifully,


has appeared

and keeps appearing to me,

causing me to pause

and smile while your brilliance of

stunning color,

so apparently displayed

thanks to His light

constantly catches my eye

and fills me with delight

to find your presence in my life

function so as to

move my feet

that they might

bring me again

to meet


with my,

with our


our Maker and Savior,

forgiving Abba

who knows how to give

good gifts,

even cardinals, rare and red

to those who are His,

that they,

that I,

might find

the Giver the Gift,

savoring Him

singing praises with this

rare, red cardinal,

my best friend

drawn all the more

to front porch fellowship

with Him.



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    Shukura Burrell

    Beautiful poem and story Quina and Jon. Thank you so much for blessing us with it and with your apparent and abundant faith in our Father through this site. Praying for you guy’s marriage:-).

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