The Swans and I

When I am striving for a higher sense of the omnipresence and love of God, I often think of our family of swans. They have taught me many lessons during the several summers I have observed them closely.

In many ways the parent birds exemplify the qualities derived from God, good, that human parents try to express. For instance, the cygnets are taught to fend for themselves from the day they are hatched. All members of the family take a short swim—father in front, mother following, the babies very close to her.

Each day after that they swim a little farther away from the nest. Up and down the lake they go, stopping here and there for nibbles under the water, handouts from humans on shore, a rest on a nearby island, or the exploration of a deep inlet.

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Man is Never Separated from God
October 14, 1972

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