Birds of a feather indeed flock together -and it’s gettin’ cold in Chicago again!
Good thing to have feathers… and friends when you’re in need.
Matter of fact many sorts of birds flock, humans for the most part also.
I love sitting by the window, warm with coffee or tea, watching the wildlife. For me it’s peaceful, for them in part it’s survival.
Over many years spent in the woods it’s obvious squirrels, birds and other wildlife begin working very hard to get food in them and stored up for the coming cold snap. Foraging of all sorts truly IS work, just not the kind most people would choose. Then again humans deal with things like mental illness, sin nature (yes, I do believe history illustrates that as a reality) and with economic and political change or inertia and here comes winter again.
There are too many homeless in this town and all over America, more in the world beyond our shores. In Northern places the cold can kill as sure as drug abuse, alcoholism or a gun and when these get mixed along with people needing meds they cannot get, crime is one way to get a warm bed and food. Often, despair of one’s life seems just part of the dull continuum.
So “community” ‘eh? A flock as it were. A buzz-word but more than that. I just read for the umpteenth time a blog post laced with that term and of course you can have a sense of closeness, “community” on plenty of levels even if you’re into organized crime or a hobby, say, a sports team.
Trying to stay warm in the cold brings people to a sense of community too.
Book of Proverbs says
“9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecc. 4.9-12)
If you have a shelter, soup kitchen or other such group of folks reaching out to the poor, consider helping out with time, money, prayer, -something- this winter.
Wherever there IS “room in the inn” you’ll likely find a sense of community you will learn to appreciate.
Things to consider -but I hope you’ll act on such knowledge.
As always, thanks for stopping by,