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Today let’s talk about birds. I’m thinking about two types of birds: flamingos and crows.
Flamingos are large reddish-pink birds with long necks and legs. (Show picture.) When they want to fly they must run a few steps and take off facing into the wind. Their long necks stretch out in front and their long legs trail behind. Quite a sight! Flamingos are very social birds. They like to be together, sometimes in flocks of thousands. They fly together in air currents in a way that makes it easier for each single bird to fly.
Crows (show picture) fly over large areas to find food. Just before sunset, especially in the autumn months, crows gather together and roost in trees for the night. There may be thousands and thousands of them in the same forest. They do this for protection, warning each other of danger. They also communicate with each other about where to search for food. They find warmth and friendship being together.
In the Bible we learn that the early Christians gathered together. We read that “all who believed were together, and had all things in common”(2:44).
When we gather together we have the opportunity to be helpful to each other. We learn from one another how to live in the world.
The Bible also tells us that these early Christians met “with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart” (2:46).
Gathering together in church, and also at home sharing meals with others, is often a happy time. We learn how to give thanks and praise God. We learn how to have generous hearts, sharing our love and happiness with others.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2011, Richard Niell Donovan