Out in the Country — Middlefield, Connecticut

Good Morning, God!

Free Range Chickens — being raised for their eggs — right here at Matthew and Jen’s home! It is exciting, God, for me to see real chickens! I understand about chickens and foxes — the memory of seeing a fox carrying off a free range hen that was bigger than he was — is still in my memory. So, I wasn’t too surprised that they have a dog to guard the hens from foxes. But hawks? I hadn’t thought about hawks! Hawks love hens as much as foxes do.

Matthew explained to us that because they have this small pond on their property, they don’t have to worry about hawks. Why? Because red-wing blackbirds love the pond and live there — and red-wing blackbirds will MOB hawks and other birds of prey. MOBBING a HAWK? I found that I could picture it, God, and even understand how the blackbirds would band together to protect their nestlings and themselves.

Still, the idea of red-wing blackbirds acting as guards for the free range hens delighted me! Talk about complex ecosystems! Wonderful!

It makes me marvel, God, at at how effective Your Natural System is! Especially, God, when I compare it to our culture’s prevailing WAR MODEL! Blackbirds on patrol vs attempting to KILL ALL HAWKS! Ah, God, I am shaking my head. Will we ever shift from Our WAR Model to Your More Complex “GARDENING” model? Sigh.

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