May 6, 2020

Pigeon or Dove?

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” – 1 Samuel 16:7 Would you rather be a pigeon or a dove? Though it’s kind of a trick question, my guess is that your gut reaction is to say that you’d prefer to be a dove. While we often think of pigeons as city rats with wings and associate them with dirt and grime, doves are a symbol of peace and are regarded as pure and beautiful. But what if I told you that these two birds, as different as they appear, are actually the same? Interestingly, they are part of a species called Columbidae, and there are 310 different varieties that we simply categorize as

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