REALLY, Independent

An earth worm grapples in crumbly dirt. The rains gently moistens tall blades of grass, as a Robin tirelessly pecks until it finds the juicy worm. It dutifully returns to the intricately woven nest, ready to feed two frantic chicks.

On the muddy earth below, lies what is leftover of the last unhatched egg. It has been gobbled up by a greedy Blue Jay. Atop a stately tree, Hawk waits patiently peering past spring poppies swaging in evening breeze. Hawk

swiftly soars towards supper. An unexpected meal of the Blue Jay, who is still digesting the unborn robin. Before twilight ushers in darkness, a hungry Red Fox lurks through a densely wooded area. Her pups are quickly

growing, and in need of nourishment. She spots the Hawk finishing his meal. Pouncing with great stealth, she takes the prize home. As the pups enjoy their meal, a Bob Cat lurks in the forest near their den. The cycle continues…

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another

Romans 12:4-5
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  1. Suzanne says:

    I wish that verse from the Bible was given more attention. Your story illustrates it beautifully.

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  2. memadtwo says:

    We have broken the chain in many places, and all are suffering because of it. (K)

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  3. earthweal says:

    It might be why sentience is liminal is limited in the animal kingdom, a cycle structured by devouring means everyone is part of the same meal. Immensity of human grief would destroy the food chain — Your eye is so keen and fair and the Scripture about one body is a great leveler of human vanity. Well done —

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  4. Ingrid says:

    It’s an eat-or-be-eaten world out there. We like to think we’re better but we do so much more damage.

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  5. Sherry Marr says:

    This tale illustrates perfectly how interdependent the life cycle of all creatures is. I could see each one in the chain so clearly, you painted them so well.

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