God’s Creation Works In Harmony

How much more can we as humans accomplish if we would work together?

Murmuration – it is something amazing to see.

No one knows why they do it. Yet each fall, thousands of starlings dance in the twilight above England and Scotland.

The birds gather in shape-shifting flocks called murmurations, having migrated in the millions from Russia and Scandinavia to escape winter’s frigid bite. Scientists aren’t sure how they do it, either.

The starlings’ murmurations are manifestations of swarm intelligence, which in different contexts is practiced by schools of fish, swarms of bees and colonies of ants. As far as I am aware, even complex algorithmic models haven’t yet explained the starlings’ aerobatics, which rely on the tiny birds’ quicksilver reaction time of under 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions—and predators—in the giant flock.

Two young women were out for a late afternoon canoe ride and fortunately one of them remembered to bring her video camera. What they saw was a wonderful murmuration display, caught in the short video.

Murmuration from Islands & Rivers on Vimeo.

Can Brokenness Be Healed?

We all want to be tough. Sometimes when we look tough on the outside, others can see the brokenness inside. As our kids grow, they want to be independent. They act tough because they want their parents and peers to think they can handle life on their own. God did not create us to handle life on our own. He created us to need Him and others. We try to protect our kids. We wish we could bandage the brokenness they have like we use to bandage a scraped knee but as they get older, the wounds get so much deeper. We need a God, a heavenly parent to heal our wounds and to allow Him to heal the wounds of our children.

Read from a teen’s perspective.