“How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.”
As we heard preached this past Sunday, the image of Jesus as the mother hen who gathers us under her wings is a comforting and loving image of our God. It is a necessary reminder of the love God is when the world around us can feel estranged from that love.
But what about those little chicks? What does this image of Jesus the mother hen tell us about us, those brooding hatchlings in need of that comfort and love? Martin Luther once wrote this:
“The weak chicks are protected from the hawk’s talons not by virtue of their own trust in the mother hen but by virtue of the hen’s protecting wings. Because of this, the wings protecting them, they can have trust (faith).”
Underneath the wings of Jesus’ comfort and love we grow in faith and hope. Underneath the wings of Jesus we do not have to worry about whether or not our faith will save us. It is God who first desires us and not the other way around.
As we go through out Lenten journey, even by week two, we may feel the weight of the 40 days. We can ask ourselves, do we have the faith to keep going? How will I protect myself from the talons of apathy or doubt? Well my friends. We, those little chicks, are given comfort and love and protection not by our own doing but by the sheltering wings of God. May we never forget that these holy pinions shelter us this day, for these forty days, and for all the days to come.
Rev. Daniel Joyner Miller