A Week Of Comforting And Lifting Up

It's baby chicks time at our local feed and seed stores. You can hear them the moment you walk in the door, and you can smell them even sooner.

When you get back to their crates, they're piled up on top of each other trying to get to the food and water. While I was watching this cage, a tiny and feathery fight broke out when one baby got its head stepped on in the excitement. It's hard to be ferocious when you're so cute, I suppose, but he was sure trying.

At the same time, in another corner, 20 or 30 chicks were nuzzled together for a group nap. They were breathing as one, eyelids twitching and feathers gently rustling. The warmth was radiating from them as they nestled in closer.

Which camp would you fit into: close-quarters boxing matches or peace and calm whether alone or in a crowd?

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

The chicks seem to know something that we should take to heart - togetherness is a great gift when we're like-minded. We are surrounded by people, some who know us and love us, while others just want to hurry past to get to the food and water. Our choice becomes which camp we'd rather hang out in today.

Make this a week of comforting and lifting up, as Paul instructs. We can use the head of the person next to us to gain an advantage, or we can cuddle in the corner for warmth and security. Building each other up benefits everyone, and we can be a soft resting place for those in need. Soon we may be the one asking for some lifting up, and we'll have a pile of people ready, willing and able to help.

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