Today’s Devotional – January 15th (Emperor Penguins & Us!)

By admin On January 13th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – January 15th

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Emperor Penguins & Us!

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If one looks far, far, southward, one just might see a silent ritual taking place in the frozen Antarctic regions.

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Yes, there is a phenomenon, which has been occurring year after year, through the centuries, and through the long millenniums of this world’s history.

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Emperor-atka4_hg.jpg

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And there was even a little movie recently made about this phenomenon.

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A quirky little bird called the Emperor Penguin, performs a ritual, which is nothing short of amazing! And this ritual has pretty much escaped human attention until that movie revealed this phenomenon.

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You see, this amazing creation of God has been designed to perform their yearly ritual, so as to be a teaching moment for Mankind!

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And now that such a lesson is really needed, God has chosen to reveal this wonderful metaphor.

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Emperor Penguin, Atka Bay, Weddell Sea, Antarctica Wikimedia Creative Commons License

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MARCH OF THE PENGUINS BEGINS

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When the mother penguin finally lays her baby’s egg, that egg must be incubated for several months.

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But this is done in such a marvelous manner!

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You see, the mother passes that egg so very carefully to the father. And the father ever so carefully props that very large egg up between his feet.

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At this point, the mother begins a two month trek in search of food, so as to nourish that baby (and herself too) once that baby is born.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EmperorPenguinColonyClose.jpg

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And so just imagine a large gathering of thousands of male Emperor Penguins, all huddled together, with each father holding that egg, oh-so-carefully balanced between his feet, just above the frozen ground, for two months! And that’s all he does!

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He doesn’t eat for all that time!

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He just stands there like a soldier for two months while the mother is 50 or so miles away, fattening herself up, for her baby’s nourishment, once she returns.

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King Penguins parents are changing the egg guard wikipedia share-alike license

Emperor penguin colony creative commons generic license wikipedia

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THE MOTHERS RETURN

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And so, after about two months, these thousands of mothers all return to this very same spot, in which the fathers are waiting, still carefully balancing that egg!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Falkland_Islands_Penguins_03.jpg

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And each mother begins searching for her husband amongst all those hundreds, or even thousands of fathers, and eventually finds her man! And so then she resumes her position with that precious egg passed back to her, where she lifts it up a few inches above the frozen ice, until it hatches!

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Of course, from watching this movie, the obvious lesson to be learned, is that these little waddling metaphors are showing us just how precious and sacred is life, and how we too should ever-so-carefully and ever-so-jealously watch over our own children!

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King Penguins wikimedia share-alike license

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LESSON FOR US TODAY

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Yes, from the time of conception until the time of birth, mothers (and fathers) should take their roles seriously.

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The mother needs to keep from over-stressing her self, and eat the best diet. And the father should make very sure that the mother receives royal empress-like treatment during the nine months until birth.

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But it doesn’t stop at birth. No, it is the solemn duty of parents to provide the best environment possible for their children, as the child grows and develops.

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Right associations. Holy conduct by the parents, just as holy as Mary and Joseph, is the standard which God has set for parents. Oh yes, God gave these two, to be role-models for all parents.

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And such careful measures in raising children will ultimately pay off, as God blesses such a God-fearing house-hold.

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Two adult Emperor Penguins with a juvenile on Snow Hill Island, Antarctica. wikipedia creative commons license

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Open my eyes to the high and holy responsibility of parenthood. Let me see just how precious is my family. Help me to treat each member of my household with the utmost respect and Christ-like love…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…” MAY 11 (Indiana Jones Parenting? Or No?”, or you may also read…“MAY 18 (What Is True Love? Part 2: Parenting)”

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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REVELATION 12 WOMAN ON ALTAR AND FLOWER OF HEAVEN

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Flower of Heaven Constellation w/leaves

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This constellation almost appears as a vine, as it projects out from the Altar/Ark Constellation . This constellation appears in mid-winter through late-spring. As you can see in this sketch, the Altar/Ark Constellation is also known as Leo Major , and the stem or vine of the flower is made of stars of the Virgo Constellation, and the flower itself is made of the Corvus Constellation.

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PSALM 128: WONDERFUL PROMISE!

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The opening passage of this little section is from that wonderful, 128th Psalm. And it begins with an amazing promise to anyone who, with child-like faith, refuses to give up on his disobedient family. God states… “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.” Psalm 128. What a promise! And Jesus, though His own bride-to-be has been very stubborn and rebellious, refused to give up on her. He has tenderly sought her, and has tried to woo her back into His loving arms. But alas, the Signs Of Heaven presents a portrait of the Virtuous Revelation 12 Woman finally choosing to enter the Narrow Gate.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Flower of Heaven Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

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January 16th (How To Love Your Enemies)

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