Thursday, March 15, 2007

Doves, Again

Last week, I wrote about doves. And the confusion I experienced when I look at the doves Near Philadelphia who appear to be stupid and clumsy vs. the doves one finds in Scripture, i.e. Noah's sending out the dove from the ark, and the dove used as a symbol for the Holy Spirit. Some very thoughtful people posted comments; others wrote back to me personally. I really like what Frank has to say. If you do, too, check out the link to him in the Religion section to the right. He writes:

DOVES

THE SHIPS IN BIBLE DAYS
ALWAYS SAILED ALONG THE SHORE
IN SIGHT OF LAND

THEY WERE AFRAID
TO GO OUT INTO THE DEEP

THEIR FEAR
WAS TO BE BLOWN OFF COURSE
DRIVEN OUT TO SEA
AND SEE NO LAND

BUT AS MEN WHO KNEW THE SEA
THEY CARRIED DOVES

THEY'D RELEASE THEM

AND IF THEY FOUND NO LAND
THEY'D RETURNED TO THEIR MATE

IF THEY FOUND LAND
THEY'D RETURN WITH GREENERY
IN THEIR CROP
AS A TREAT FOR THEIR MATE

AND THE SAILORS WOULD KNOW
FROM THE FLIGHT OF THE DOVE
WHERE LAND
AND SAFETY WERE
AND THE GREEN GROWTH OF HOPE

FITTING THAT THE SPIRIT
SHOULD BE SHOWN AS A DOVE
SHOWING US THEY WAY
WHEN WE'RE LOST AT SEA

FRANK A VOLLMER

2 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Lovely, thought-provoking words. I doubt if I'll think of doves the same way again. I have two doves with my nativity set that I place on the roof of the stable.

Greg said...

Your postings on doves remind me of another animal that is rather stupid, but referenced in Old and New Testaments: the sheep. These references are made to sheep as they compare to human beings. Now, isn't that complimentary! "All we like sheep...," says Isaiah. Sheep are funny in that when one begins to flee, the rest of the sheep-crowd will follow, seemingly with no thought as to why or where. Indeed, they do not seem to "think" for themselves, but they rather follow "the leader." Ugh.

But, there are also references made to lambs. I have observed that Jesus Christ is referred to as a lamb, but not a sheep. Lambs are humble, lowly animals, far from the nature of a grown-up sheep.

For me, the lesson is that Jesus was the humble, lowly one, leaving us an example (to steal a phrase from Peter). Blessed are the peacemakers...turn the other cheek...blessed are the meek...as we forgive those who trespass against us...forgive them, for they do not know what they do...etc, etc.

Thanks for your posts!

Peas,

Greg
http://blog.greggriffey.net