The article, entitled "A Lesson from the Birds" by Alta Gretton, in the Sentinel of January 18, brought to my mind an incident which occurred a short time prior to reading this excellent article. One day while pursuing my way through the Genesee Valley my attention was attracted to a pure white dove flying in a leisurely manner up the river. On the east side of the river there were gathered a large flock of crows, and as the dove came opposite this field one of the crows started in pursuit. It soon overtook the dove, which seemed not aware of the crow's approach, until the crow made a dash toward it, and seemed on the point of striking it, when the dove made a quick start upward, and so escaped the attack. The flight continued, and as the crow approached again and again, making desperate efforts to clutch its prey, the dove rose higher and higher. It was impossible to witness this strife in mid-air without realizing that God ever careth for His own. Soon I had the satisfaction of seeing the crow return to its companions seemingly exhausted, while the peaceful symbol of Truth passed swiftly and safety out of view.

This triumph taught me a lesson. No matter how strong, or swift, or black may be the error that is interfering with or pursuing us; if we but go higher and higher, we shall be able to rise above it, and see the error destroyed. God will give us the strength and understanding to perceive the attack and will show us how to overcome it with Love.

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A Thought
April 12, 1900

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