This week, our friend Erik offered what our church calls the “children’s moment” during the worship service.
In pretty much every church I’ve attended, children’s moments are hit or miss. Some good. Some awful. Mostly awkward. And, as far as I can tell, much of the time they aren’t beneficial to the children, per se, other than to get them out of their seats to burn a bit of energy in the midst of all the adult moments going on.
Erik’s sermonette this week was about geese and whether or not they’re silly (as in, “you silly goose”).
Doesn’t sound very profound does it? Well, I’ve got news for you.
This is what he pointed out:
1) Geese fly in a V, which helps the geese in the back conserve energy while the geese in the front, especially the head goose, expend more energy. They carry the burden of the gaggle. (Yes, I used the word gaggle in a sentence!) As a result of using the V formation, they constantly shift places in order to relieve those who are working harder and give them a rest.
2) Geese honk to communicate with one another, and not just communicate but encourage one another. If we could translate what they are saying, we’d hear, “Great job, head goose! Keep up the good work! I can take over whenever you need me to! Whoohoo!”
3) When a goose gets sick and needs to make a pitstop, a handful of other geese stop with it to keep it company while it heals and rests. No goose left behind, you could say.
Alright, so considering his audience, Erik didn’t cite any scientific evidence, and I haven’t bothered to verify any of it either (because, really, does it matter?) But in the end, Erik concluded that no, geese aren’t very silly at all. In fact, they sounded pretty smart to him.
And to me, too.
You could say they’re just a community, working hard at being a community.
And that, my friends, is a lesson we could all stand to remember.