Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

Saying Farewell to Christus Victor

On May 7 my little sweethearts hatched, and on May 9, it was time to say farewell to Christus Victor.  The same exact dates, by the way, as last year. 

First, we had to cross through the church lobby.

Then we had to cross Arlington Heights Road..

Finally, we worked our way through the movie theater parking lot to the pond behind it. 

Success!  Thank you, Christus Victor, for keeping me and my little ones safe for another year.

A Special Day at Christus Victor

Some people may think it gets boring sitting here all the time, and I must admit, once in a while I do get bored and tired.  It would probably help if Daddy Duck would help out just a little bit.  I mean, even if it was just for an HOUR.... but that's another story for another day.

The weather has been just awful lately.  I’m a duck, so I usually like water, but it rained and rained here for several days.  Even I was getting a little tired of the rain.  And it’s been quite chilly lately.  I have to snuggle down on my eggs to keep them warm.  Luckily, I have a great spot all picked out this year.  When I chose it, the courtyard was almost bare, but as the courtyard grows in, I get harder and harder to see ... which was my plan, of course. 

Can you see me?  (I bet you can't)

Can you see me?  (I bet you can't)

Here I am!

Here I am!

Today was a special day at Christus Victor.  It was hopping really early this morning.  They had a big breakfast and wonderful interfaith prayer service for the National Day of Prayer.  It’s days like these when I wish I could take a little break and come inside, but I’ve got very important work to do out here in the courtyard, hatching my babies.  I’ll just continue to enjoy the services from out here.  Only a week or two more and my eggs should hatch.  Hopefully, it'll be warmer by then.

I'm back ... for a 4th year!

I'm a quiet, stealthy little mamma duck. 

Yes, I’ve returned to the Christus Victor courtyard for a 4th year … and no one saw me do it.  I won't tell you when I got here, but I was discovered on Good Friday.  I've laid a whole nest full of eggs again, and I'm hunkered down for the long sit. 

I really like it here in the Christus Victor Courtyard.  They keep me safe, and it's a pretty quiet spot … usually.  Easter was a different story.  Easter made me rethink the whole thing.

There I was, sitting quietly on my eggs when, all of a sudden, a whole crowd of children invaded the courtyard – TO HUNT FOR EGGS!  As you might guess, I was very nervous and worried about THAT.  What if they found me and my eggs?  My eggs don’t contain prizes; they contain my baby ducklings.  And WHY do humans think that a bunny hides eggs?  What’s up with THAT!?!  That’s just ridiculous!  I want to propose that rather than an Easter bunny next year, you have an Easter duck, and instead of hunting her eggs, you give her peace and quiet.  Who’s with me?

Strange how a day can change your perception.  The day before Easter, a very tall woman kept getting way too close to me for my comfort.  I got all nervous.  My heart was pounding.  But on Easter when all of those children came rushing into the courtyard, I realized that on the day before, the lady was putting up a barrier to protect me from all those egg hunters.  I’m so grateful for her because she helped me to keep my babies safe. 

In case some of you are wondering, a duck sits on her eggs about 4 weeks. Follow my blog here, and I'll keep you posted on this year's baby chicks, let you know when they hatch, and take you along with us when we make the journey through the church, across the road, and to the pond.  It's quite an adventure.  You won't want to miss that.

Moving Day!

I decided this morning that it was TIME TO GO!  So I started knocking on the windows and doors.

It took a while for the "duck corridor" to be set up, so we all went back to the nest to rest up for the journey.  Don't ask me how I get them all under me.  I have no idea how I get them to all sit in one place and be good. 

AND . . . the "duck corridor" was constructed.

Finally, it was time to say goodbye.  So long, Christus Victor.  Thank you for keeping me and my little ones safe and secure.  The time we spent in your lovely courtyard was so special, and we'll see you again next spring.

Brrrrr

It's now been two weeks since I was spotted in the courtyard at Christus Victor.  The courtyard is still coming to life, but today ... BRRRR is it cold.  Cold and wet. 

Thankfully, I chose to put my nest against the wall, so my eggs and I are keeping dry.  But it's still cold.  I thought spring had sprung, but it sure doesn't feel like it today.  I'll just have to snuggle down in this nest and keep those eggs of mine warm. 

A week or two more and my eggs should hatch.  Hopefully, it'll be warmer by then.