“Of all the creatures that I can see in this landscape the geese best represent the communion of saints. They depend on one another. The lead goose does the most work, but when it is tired, it falls back and another takes its place. To be able to rely on others is a deep trust that does not come easily. The geese fly in the wake of one another’s wings. They literally get a lift from one another. I want to be with others this way.” From Gunilla Norris in Journeying in Place: Reflections from a Country Garden
I see you faithfully flying and lifting others all the time. It is a joy to be the church in our area.
Grace and Peace, Kim
For more on the wisdom of geese, below is a post on this topic from the Inspirational Christian Stories and Poems Archive. Thanks to Tom Nold for bringing this to my attention.
Lesson of the Goose
As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird behind it. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent more flying range than if each bird flew alone.
When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down. They stay with the goose to help and protect it until it is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out with another formation to catch up with the flock.
Whenever a goose falls out of the formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.
The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.