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A Lesson from Chickens, Cats, and Chicks on Fear, Trust, and Love

March 1, 2013

[The passages from Holy Scripture alluded to in this post are Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 and Luke 13:31-35. Before reading the text at the bottom of this post, I also invite you to visit the post “Drama: ‘Don’t You Get It?'” and watch the videos embedded above.]   

So: “Do we get it?” If cats can care for chicks, if chicks can trust cats, then can’t we trust Jesus? Do we really see Jesus? Do we realize that his heart breaks with love for us, that he longs to gather us under his wing and keep us safe whatever the cost, the same way a mother hen protects her chicks? Do we know that we are God’s beloved, and that God is ours – our Treasure in Heaven, our Great Reward – committed to us in covenant, loving us enough to lay down God’s own life for us?

If we do, then let’s live a life of love. Let’s explore like the chicks in the first video. Let’s give and be poured out, boldly, even joyfully. Let’s live lives with the freedom from fear that comes from knowing that God is with us, shielding us with God’s own wing, watching over us, protecting us, blessing countless others through us, now and for evermore. Amen.

(This is adapted from a reflection I shared at our Triple C Service on February 24 immediately after the videos embedded above, which themselves were shown immediately after the Drama “Don’t You Get It?”. A comment on the second video says, “Poor Rosie is resisting the urge to lie down because of the chicks.”)


Last year’s Lent 2 reflections can be accessed by clicking on the following links:
“Taking Up the Cross of Love – Part 1”;
“Taking Up the Cross of Love – Part 2”;
“Take Up Your What? – A Reflection on Mark 8:31-38 by Rick Morley”.

A Lent 2 reflection by Barbara Brown Taylor entitled “Fox and Hen” can be accessed by clicking here.

Last year’s Lent 3 reflections can be accessed by clicking on these links:
“A Mid-Lenten Reflection on the Fourth Commandment”;
“Jesus, God’s Ultimate Love Letter”.

A Lent 3 reflection by Katie Munnik entitled “Rich Food For Lent” can be accessed by clicking here.  

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