I knew I liked these birds for a reason. The mama stays with the eggs, but the dad will stay with them some during the day so the mama can leave and eat and drink. The male also produces milk that can be fed to the babies.
Times are so hard right now. I don't think there is anyone that the economy has not affected somehow. People are worried about a lot of things. I keep saying that I feel like God is trying to get our attention with so many natural disasters. I believe he has a message for all of us in this time of worry and hardship.
When I wrote about the first set of doves in a post, I said they are known for their symbol of peace. I do feel a sense of peace while watching them It reminds me of this section of the Bible. I think God speaks to us in so many ways everyday. Whether my returning birds on my porch are meant as a message to me or not, I will take it as that. I hope the verses below will give you a sense of peace.
Matthew 6 25-34
6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 26 Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? 27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? 28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? 31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
(Provided by bible.org)