Agape love | Righteous indignation | Sacrifice

“…hide me in the shadow of your wing…from my deadly enemies who surround me” (Psalm 17:8,9).

Ivan Turgenev has written an incident in which responsible, righteous, fierce anger was demonstrated in the context of a sparrow’s love and compassion for its offspring. He says…

I was returning from walking along an avenue of a large garden, my dog running in front of me. Suddenly he took shorter steps, and began to slither along as though tracking game. I looked along the avenue and saw a wounded young sparrow on the ground, weakly and painfully flapping its half-grown wings. It had fallen out of the nest and was unable to move out of harms way. My dog was slowly approaching it…

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