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The Fowls of the Air.

The Fowls of the Air.

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Behold the fowls of the air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor
Bather into barns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they ? MATT. vi. 26.


Behold the fowls of the air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor
Bather into barns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they ? MATT. vi. 26.

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THE FOWLS OF THE AIR.BY REV. DAIEL MARCH, D.D.,Behold the fowls of the air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, norBather into barns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye notmuch better than they ? MATT. vi. 26.HARD study is sometimes made easy andinviting by having an agreeable teacher. OurLord gives us this advantage for our profit whenhe puts us under the tuition of the fowls of theair, to learn the hard lesson of faith in God whenearthly hopes fail, and freedom from anxiety whenearthly cares abound. Of all the living tribes thatGod has made subject to man for his support andinstruction, birds are the most attractive, the mostinteresting and the most beautiful. Birds are to theanimal creation what flowers are to the vegetable world ;what precious stones are to the golden crown; what thefinished capital is to the fluted column ; what the bril-liant rainbow is to the blackened cloud; what thepurple dawn is to the starry night and the shining daya superadded ornament, an efflorescence of beauty anddelight, a final touch of the creative Hand, giving thecharm of exuberant grace to the work that was perfectbefore. In order that creation should be complete, itwas not necessary that the flowers should breathe per-fume, and the birds should warble melodies, and the239
240 THE FOWLS OF THE AIR.bow of beauty should span the cloud, and the morningshould come forth " arrayed in gold imperial." Godhas enriched our earthly home with all these excel-lences of beauty that every faculty of our being mighthave full employment in finding out his perfect work,and that our cup of blessing might run over.Whether we regard the graceful forms of the feath-ered tribes, their delicate and brilliant plumage, theirswift and varied motions, or their happy voices, weshall find much to behold with admiration and to studywith delight. They move with so much ease andrapidity in all directions through the invisible air thatthey remind us of spiritual beings, and they seem tobelong to the heavens rather than the earth. TheDivine Teacher himself calls them fowls of heaven,and they are often so named elsewhere in the SacredScriptures. The Psalmist, when overwhelmed withearthly afflictions and sorrows, poured out his heart inlonging for the freedom and buoyancy which belong tothe winged inhabitants of the air : " Oh that I hadwings like a dove ! for then would I fly away and be atrest." When the prophet was instructed to promisethe greatest possible blessing to those that wait on theLord, he said, "They shall mount up on wing3 aseagles."The life of the birds is well chosen in the Scripturesas a symbol of exemption from earthly care and afflic-tion. They come and go with the summer and theflowers. They return in the spring with sorgs of THE FOWLS OF THE AIR. 241gladness, and they depart in autumn with the happyvoices of pilgrims starting upon a pleasant journey.
It is home with them here while they stay, and they aredrawn not the less by the attractions of home whenthey go. When the winds grow sharp and the frostschange the garments of the forests and fields to mourn-ing, the light-hearted birds have nothing to do butspread their joyous wings and seek a more genialclime.So lives the cheerful, trusting child of God who haslearned to lay all his care upon an infinite Helper andbe at peace. He has two homes one here and one faraway. While the season of work and duty lasts, he ishappy to stay in this ; and when God's good time comes,he is still happy to go. He is content to toil on andbear the heat and burden of the day while strength isgiven him to toil. And when the winter of age or in-firmity comes, and the chill of death invades this earthlytabernacle, and the frail garment of mortality can nolonger shelter the soul, then on joyous wing"The ransomed spirit to her home,The clime of cloudless beauty, flies;o more on stormy seas to roam,She hails her haven in the skies."Of all the animal tribes the birds alone have musicalvoices, and they only are susceptible to the power of music. To this day we may stand on the shores of theSea of Galilee, where our Lord went forth to teach themultitude in the light of the early morning, and we242 THE FOWLS OF THE AIR.can hear the note of the lark rising, silvery and joyous,higher and higher, as if the tireless singer were ambi-tious to carry the song of praise to the very gates of heaven. And while we listen, entranced with the

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