Thursday, August 11, 2005
Swallow Family Update
The Swallow Family that lives on the porch of my neighbor is still here. They are still raising their second batch of young. We see them on summer evenings catching insects. I find them to be cheerful and optimistic.
"Prior to the advent of Christianity, the swallow was symbolic of the afterlife and personal resurrection. In Egypt and Babylon, swallow images were associated with funerary practices and represented the hope of a richer life after death...In pictures of the Annunciation and the Nativity, swallows represent the incarnation of Christ...The swallow is also associated with motherhood, good fortune, prudence, prayer, fidelity, unfaithfulness, courage, and danger." From ChristStory: Swallow