Sunday, June 17, 2007

Harmless as Doves (pict)

This is our first pigeon baby we've raised.
Pigeons are in the dove family of birds and it has been such a pleasure watching the mother and father raise them.
They are such calm, gentle birds.
Our pair, a gift from friends, are on their second set of hatchlings.
I tell city folks that we don't have pigeons to feed out here in the country, so we raise our own. :-)
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Mt:10:16: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
I've often contemplated on that Scripture. In observing snakes, I saw how they avoid bad situations when they can and will only strike in a defensive manner. Clint kept a very large black snake in his workshop for years as an effective pest control measure. In his encounters with her, he was always amazed at how smart she seemed.
Never having observed doves, I believed it when preachers would say they would never harm anyone or anything. However, we learned very quickly that if you try to mess with a dove's offspring (even when the offspring is a young adult), both parents will attack you!! They are loving and gentle with their children, often making a loving, soothing cooing sound while they care for them.