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Being an outdoor person, I often frequented “the arbor” at my last place of employment. It was in that park like setting, where I began to rub shoulders with Sammy. For Sammy, you see, lives in the arbor. No, Sammy isn’t a homeless man stretched out on a wooden bench. Sammy is a large black crow who has made his home in the arbor for several years now.

For those of us who frequented this venue on a daily basis, Sammy became a kind of pet, a company mascot, and the recipient of numerous offerings from employee lunch bags.

But his life is not without hardship. You see, Sammy can’t fly any higher than the arbor trashcans where he finds many of his meals. And, to make matters worse, his black crow “friends” (and I use the term loosely), dive bomb him at every opportunity. I’ve seen them swoop down on him, then circle around and do it again, five or six times in a row, while Sammy cowers under a tree for protection. Finally, the airborne crows tire of their sport and Sammy timidly emerges from his hiding place for a few moments of peace before they begin their taunting dives again.

I was shocked when I first realized what was going on. Talk about kicking a man when he’s down! Somehow, I thought birds had a better code of ethics than this.

A Better Way

Sometimes we people do the same to each other, compounding the problems of those who are already suffering. But God gives us a better way. The Lord tells us to love mercy, to visit the sick and those who are in prison, to give a cup of water to the thirsty, to feed the hungry, and to clothe the naked. God further says that when we do these things for others; we are doing them for our Lord!

Today, as you go about your work, see if you can identify a “Sammy,” one who is suffering in some way. Then, do something kind for that person to lift their spirits and give them hope.

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