Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from 2 Samuel 1-2; Luke 14:1-24
Friday’s: 2 Samuel 3-5; Luke 14:25-35         Saturday’s: 2 Samuel 6-8; Luke 15:1-10
Sunday’s: 2 Samuel 9-11; Luke 15:11-32     Monday’s: 2 Samuel 12-13; Luke 16

Raise your hand if you’re ready for another chicken story.  If you didn’t raise your hand, you should stop reading now.

Growing up a city lad, I never knew how weird chickens are.  Nor did I know how vicious they can be.  Several days ago, I heard a “ruckus” in the backyard and thought I’d better investigate.  I walked out to the chicken compound and saw a hen laying in the corner of the compound.  At first glance, I thought she was dead.  But upon closer inspection, I could see she was still breathing.  Halley came outside and picked her up in order to examine her.  She had been fiercely pecked on the left side of her head.  Her left eye was swollen shut, and the side of her face was a bloody mess.  Halley told me this particular hen was the same one the one the other hens and the rooster regularly ganged up on and bullied.  It seems this time, it had gotten out of hand.

To make a long reflection shorter, she now roams the backyard, a free-range hen.  The only problem is, in time, she will, without doubt, be attacked and killed by a hawk.  Halley has lost several pet hens in this way.  For now, however, she is one happy-go-lucky chickadee.  She spends most of her time scratching right up next to the compound fence.  I have heard her declare in between clucks, “nanny-nanny-boo-boo” to the bullies on the inside of the compound.

Moral: Freedom isn’t free.  She will ultimately pay the price for her “freedom.”  Likewise, our freedom in Christ came out a great price.  Unbelievably – and with overwhelming gratitude – Christ paid the price for us.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ