God's Wings

     An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God's wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree.

     Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze arrived and the heat had singed her small body, the mother had remained steadfast.

     She had been willing to die so those under the cover of her wings would live.

     Jesus saw the coming of His death as he prayed in the Garden the night before His trial, but like the bird in the story above; He choose death, that we might live. As Scripture clearly states, even nature teaches us that not only is there a God, but that God is good. Like the ranger in this story, we are somewhat sickened by the eerie sights of the violence, sex and drugs in our society today, but like the bird we must not flee...

     For our children will not be safe until we return God to our homes and our classrooms. We must find the courage to standup to the ever-changing mores of society, and cling to the truth and promise of the one who was willing to die for us. I challenge you to restore dignity, honor, values, and love to your homes and families. This challenge can only be met by our return to the proven value system of our fore-fathers, and become the mothers and fathers of our children, rather than trying to be their "best friend."

Remember, friends are for the school yard, parents are for the home...

~ Dave ~

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