I love watching a large flock of Canadian geese flying in their V-formation.  They speak of the changing of seasons and also of the value of teamwork.  We can learn to be better caregivers if we consider the ways of the geese.

Did you know that when a goose gets sick or wounded, it never falls from formation by itself?  Two other geese will fall out of formation with it and follow the ailing goose down to the ground.  One of them is very often the mate of the wounded bird since geese mate for life and are extremely loyal to their mates.  Once on the ground, the healthy birds help protect the goose and care for it as much as possible, even to the point of throwing themselves between the weakened bird and a predator.  They stay with the goose until it is either able to fly again, or until it is dead.

If only we human beings would care for one another this well!  Learn from the geese:  stay with your friend who is suffering.  As Proverb 27:10 says, “Do not forsake your friend.”

From:  God’s Little Devotional Book

Photo credit: Joshua Effrece

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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