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Agriculture In The Bible – Friends and Compassion

November 13, 2011

I rounded the corner to feed yesterday to see something that inspired today’s post. We have, from an assortment, a very small bantam hen that kind of does her own thing from scratching under the rabbits to finding the best places to roost, usually in the hoop.

Our brown leghorn rooster was out and grabbed her. Tucker, a big black dog we took in as a foster from Kentucky who has stayed, was nearby. He, without hesitation put his big head down and with his nose pushed the rooster away, then nosed the hen to see she was ok.

He then turned to see me and sat down protectively by the little hen. I’m reminded by an incident last month of a lady who fell at the Indianapolis fairgrounds and people walked by without offering to help. She needed surgery the next day for injury to her arm. Sadder still, this was within sight of the horrific stage collapse that happened during the fair. While I don’t put words like compassion on canine emotions, Tucker certainly did come to the aid of the hen.

Eph. 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

If we are to be kind and compassionate to each other how do we look the other way at the needs of others? If we don’t forgive each other how should He forgive us? It doesn’t mean retaliate – Tucker’s actions did not hurt the rooster but merely protected his ‘friend’.

How can we learn from little actions like this? As we head into Thanksgiving and Christmas how many people will we pass that are in need of a gentle push with a nose? Will we do it or pass by without noticing? Sometimes a touch is all that is needed – what will you do?

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