Saturday, September 3, 2016

Geese in Flight

I Corinthians 12:12-18
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.

I heard a flock of geese
flying overhead.
When I looked up,
I saw them in flying in unison
in their V formation.

Science has taught us
when geese fly together, 
each goose provides additional lift 
and reduces air resistance 
for the goose flying behind it. 
By flying together in a v-formation, 
scientists estimate that the whole flock 
can fly about 70% farther 
with the same amount of energy 
than if each goose flew alone. 

I think it interesting 
in Celtic Christianity
the Wild Goose is a visual symbol 
for your Holy Spirit.

The Apostle Paul wrote
that the church is One Body, 
Your Body.
We, the church,
this motley crew
an unlikely bunch
united by the binding work of your Spirit
in faith in Jesus Christ.
We are in this together.

When we fly in formation togther,
we are have more power and endurance
to be your strong witness
pointing beyond ourselves
to the life changing power of your love
for the world.

So come, Great Wild Goose,
and show the church how to fly!
Lead us to fly
with you and together
united in formation
with Jesus Christ
our Lord and Savior.

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