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(08-23-2007)

Reflection from the Lutheran University Center 4515 Forbes Ave, near Craig St. http://www.lucpgh.com/ Check out our link to past reflections. Feel free to forward this to a friend who might not be on our list.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Please read this passage in your Bible or follow this link: Luke 13:31-35

The Fox and the Hen: A fairy tale

Once upon time there was a hen who had twelve little chicks. She loved the chicks very much and watched over them as best as a mother can. She always told her chicks that if there was ever any danger, they should run to her, and she would gather them up under her wings. She especially warned the chicks about the fox who was deceitful and cunning. The fox’s god was his belly, and all he wanted to do was to fill it with little chicks.

One day while the hen and her chicks were out and about in the land, the fox found them. He called to the chicks, “Here little chicks. Here little chicks. I will give you some sweet grain.” The foolish chicks ran to the fox.

As he tried to snap them up, the hen heard their cries and called to them, “Come to me little chicks! Come to me little chicks, and I will hide you under my wings!” The chicks ran to the safety of their mother.

Again the hen and the chicks were out and about in the land when the fox found them. He called to the chicks, “Here little chicks. Here little chicks. I will take you to a meadow that is filled with good worms to eat and has a creek with cool water to drink.” The foolish chicks ran to the fox.

As he tried to snap them up, the hen heard their cries and called to them, “Come to me little chicks! Come to me little chicks, and I will hide you under my wings!” The chicks ran to the safety of their mother.

The time came again when the hen and chicks were out and about in the land, and the fox found them. He called to the chicks, “Here little chicks. Here little chicks. I will show the you best chicken coop you have ever seen.” He meant his own belly. The foolish chicks ran to the fox.

As he tried to snap them up, the hen heard their cries and called to them, “Come to me little chicks! Come to me little chicks, and I will hide you under my wings!” The chicks ran to the safety of their mother.

The hen feared for the life of her chicks. She knew that one day the fox would surely get them. She safely hid her little chicks and went out to search for the fox. The fox found her and began to call, “Here little chicks. Here little chicks.”

The hen called out, “My little chicks are not here. I have come to give myself to you so you will leave my little chicks in peace.”

The fox pounced on the hen and swallowed her whole. The hen was much too big for the fox’s belly, and he quickly died.

For three days the hen pecked and clawed her way out of the fox. She returned to her little chicks to be their mother hen once more.

Oh! …and they lived happily ever after. The end.

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for God, our mother hen, who gives herself for us, her little chicks.

Christ’s Peace, Pastor Scott



Christ’s Peace,
Pastor Scott
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