September 14, 2010
I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me. Psalm 102:7-8 (KJV)
Monsters in West Haven, Connecticut?
One might think so from the description given. One person who has seen the beast described the sighting this way: "We walk every morning. We come down about 6:30 a.m. and walk, and he kind of popped out of the trees over there -- a big, kind of hefty-looking, hairy looking creature."
With such a creature at large, I'm amazed everyone isn't moving out of West Haven.
Oh, maybe I should tell you this: the dangerous beastie is a rooster. A rooster who crows in the morning -- a rooster who sometimes chases after people -- a rooster who has, at least so far, managed to elude the Animal Control officers.
Do I hear you saying, "And just how did a rooster take up residence in New Haven?"
The answer is simple: no one knows. One of the local residents said, "There's no farms (around here), so he's certainly not wandering around unless somebody had one (a rooster) and dropped him off or didn't want him anymore."
Like the sparrow in our text for today, the rooster is alone. His previous owner dumped him; his new neighbors aren't overly pleased having him. That's why they're trying to catch him and ship him away to a safe place or any place other than West Haven, Connecticut.
In all probability most of us have, at one time or another, believed people have felt that way about us.
We feel unloved, unwanted, unappreciated. We're pretty sure that if the earth opened up and swallowed us, nobody would notice.
If that's the way you've felt or feel I've got some good news for you. God would notice and God most definitely cares. So that you would never be alone, so that you would never be completely unappreciated, so that you might be forgiven and saved -- Jesus came into this world.
True Man and true God, the Savior dedicated His entire life to our salvation. Sure, some people might not like us all that much, but Jesus loves us.
And that's something to crow about. (Sorry, I couldn't resist that.)
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for loving me and for sacrificing Yourself for me, I shall always be in Your debt. Now may I, whenever possible, do my best to make sure others whom I meet do not feel alone. Let me reflect Your great love to them. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries