Listening and Following

In Luke 13:34 is found the tender simile: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!"

To a student, pondering the deep meaning of this passage, there came a lesson from watching the solicitude of a hen for her brood of chicks. The chicks, having wandered away from the mother hen, found a picket fence dividing them, and now they wanted to return to her. The hen clucked to them encouragingly, but the chicks, massed at one point where they could not possibly get through the pickets, peeped ceaselessly for the hovering protection of their mother's wings, and yet were heedless of her obvious effort to lead them to where they easily could pass the obstruction and find shelter.

Tasting Heaven
November 9, 1935

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