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Deuteronomy 32:11

We’ve had the pleasure of watching a pair of mourning doves and their two babies right outside our home.  Now that the babies are gaining independence with their wings, it’s always a surprise where we find them, maybe in our lilac bush, near our roses, etc.  It’s kind of like a living version of Where’s Waldo since they’re camouflaged.  Mommy Dove and Daddy Dove have done a good job taking care of them.

Our Heavenly Father compares Himself to an eagle parent that flutters above the young and carries the young on its wings.  That’s a picture of love.

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Luke 1:8-25, Luke 1:57-66, Luke 3:21-22

In an earlier post, I wrote about the angel Gabriel talking to John the Baptist’s dad, Zechariah.  Initially, Zechariah was very fearful.  Then, he became inquisitive and asked Gabriel a question that revealed his disbelief.  Gabriel promptly took away his ability to speak until the event foretold happened.

While John the Baptist was growing up, he might have asked his dad why he was named John, instead of his dad’s name.  I’m guessing that at some point Zechariah told his son about his encounter with Gabriel.

Later, John the Baptist baptized Jesus.  The Holy Spirit came down, “like a dove. And a voice came from heaven:  ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased’.”

I don’t know if John the Baptist’s parents were still living when that special baptism took place.  If so, I think John the Baptist would have been happy to tell his parents about another supernatural event in his family’s life.

 

Genesis 1:11-13, 8:11, Leviticus 23:40, Jonah 4:6

Our kids love leaves.  They love to find fallen leaves and examine them.  While out one day, our daughter mentioned that it looked to her like God cut out the leaves.  A child’s eyes recognized a designer, our Creator.  The oak leaf she admired was part of God’s plan on the third day of Creation.

Do you appreciate leaves?  Even though I recently raked, I do appreciate them.  It gave me an opportunity for exercise and it was interesting to observe various leaf characteristics.

You may recall some if not all of these positive references to leaves in the Bible.  In Genesis 8:11, when the dove came back to Noah with an olive leaf, that was an event of hope.  In Leviticus 23:40, branches of leafy “luxuriant trees” were to be used while rejoicing.  And in Jonah 4:6, “God provided a leafy plant” so Jonah could have shade.

Is raking on your “to do” list?  I hope you’ll view all those leaves with new appreciation, even to the level of a child’s appreciation.