I had the advantage of growing up in the country with dairy farms in our neighborhood. I saw plenty of cows but; I do not recall seeing hens. The closest fouls were of the turkey variety. There was a turkey farm right up the road. Standing down wind of the farm was not a good idea! I have heard stories about the protective nature of hens. While some animals neglect or abandon their young, hens protect their baby chicks.
Many years ago while I was praying for my younger sister a portion of scripture came to mind. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you are unwilling (Matthew 23:37).”
As a mother of four children my sister often feels concern for her chicks and wants to gather them close for their safety.
We are also in need of shelter. “God, your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7).” Quickly, run for cover!
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