March 16There are downsides to landfill living: This European white stork got itself stuck in a plastic bag in Spain. But why? Well it seems these birds are no longer migrating from their Africa wintering grounds and are staying year-round in Spain and Portugal because they’ve developed an addiction to junk food at landfills.

“Hey there! All who are thirsty,
    come to the water!
Are you penniless?
    Come anyway—buy and eat!
Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk.
    Buy without money—everything’s free!
Why do you spend your money on junk food,
    your hard-earned cash on cotton candy?
Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best,
    fill yourself with only the finest.
Pay attention, come close now,
    listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.
I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you,
    the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love.
I set him up as a witness to the nations,
    made him a prince and leader of the nations,
And now I’m doing it to you:
    You’ll summon nations you’ve never heard of,
and nations who’ve never heard of you
    will come running to you
Because of me, your God,
    because The Holy of Israel has honored you.”

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 55:1-5, The Message

Image Credit: John Cancalosi & National Geographic

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