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Fact: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% to the flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier when they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Fact: Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back in formation to take advantage of the “lifting power” of the bird immediately in front.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go.

Fact: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at point position.

Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership — interdependent with each other.

Fact: The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to be sure our honking from behind is encouraging, not something less helpful.

Fact: When a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation and follow him down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own, with another formation, or catch up with the flock.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as the geese, we’ll stand by each other like that.

Prayer: Lord, help us to remember to strive together as we travel on our faith journeys, whether in our families, small youth groups, or as youth leaders, so that we, like the geese, can ‘increase our flying range’ in the tasks you set for us. Help us to be willing to take turns in these tasks, to know when to learn something new or take time to be refreshed. Make us willing to take a moment or two from a busy day or hour to encourage and listen to our fellow travelers, to support them in their need. Most of all, Lord, help us to listen to your voice as you guide us on our way. Amen.

 


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