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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Dove. They are regular visitors to our bird bath. They always come together and always follow the same little routine.

First they take dainty little sips of water. Having satisfied their thirst, they then gently step into the water and bathe. Nothing splashy mind you - just a relaxing soak. When they are finished, they don't fly away like all the other birds. They gracefully float down into the grass, walk around finding just the right spot and settle down to dry off in the sunshine.

There they sit, side by side, soaking in the sun and enjoying each others company.
I understand why they are symbolic of peace. They are so quiet (unlike the blue birds who screech loud enough to wake the dead) and so gentle (unlike previously mention blue birds who chase all the other birds away when they want a drink).

They are not, however, foolish. Just the tiniest noise or movement, and they take flight. The verse in Matthew 10:16 is quite fitting:
"...therefore be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves."

I love watching them and thought you'd like to meet them.

  posted at 5:16 PM

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Oh Linda, what a great post! I don't have any dove visitors and didn't realize they were so quiet. You really found the perfect Bible verse to go along with your post. I'm glad you stopped by... when my computer crashed, I lost all of my favorites so I haven't been able to visit your blog. I've missed you! Your posts are a blessing to me.

At 8:16 PM, Blogger PEA said...

Such a lovely shot you got of them! We have many doves that hang around in our yard and like you, I just love watching them. At times we have over 20 doves and other times just a couple. They are such beautiful birds and so quiet and peaceful looking. xoxo

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Yes, Linda... thank you for introducing us to your doves... and sweetly whispering that verse.

You are a blessing...

At 1:48 AM, Blogger Linds said...

Lovely, Linda. You know what struck me? The fact that you have taken the time to know your doves who visit, and their habits. They have been "seen". What a beautiful moment.

At 5:17 AM, Blogger Sandi said...

Love the post. What I thought about as I read it is this is what a marriage is like. You come together taking small sips of life until you step fully in. Then as you mature you sit in the sun and enjoy each others company.
OK I have an active mind.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Maxine said...

This is one of my greatest joys--watching the birds. We feed them all year round and each type of bird has a personality all its own. I think the Lord gives them to us to take us away from the cares of the world.

At 1:38 PM, Blogger annette said...

Your doves are beautiful. I have had many more doves the last 2 weeks. They arrived just after Ike, I think their trees may have fallen. I am glad to have them.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Such a sweet post!
We don't get any doves in our area, at least that I know of...

And I love your new profile pic! I don't think I even knew what you looked like so it's wonderful to see you! :)


At 9:39 PM, Blogger Susanne said...

I love birds, except the squawking crows and magpies that are over plenteous around here. Great shot of your doves. I almost thought they were part of the birdbath at first glance.


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