|(photo courtesy of Western Wildlife Outreach)|
TODAY THE WORDS are LONE WOLF. I saw a post on social media where a person had asked others, who had also felt depressed and had experienced difficulty in their lives, to message her and a large group responded. They shared their stories and in that unity, I felt they shared a social group hug. She didn’t feel so much like a lone wolf howling to find others in their pack. Sometimes in life, when one is struggling and their independent situation gives an illusion of being alone on a high spot surrounded by the forest and the chill of a wintry, cold night. The cries for help or even if not asking for help; the lone wolf is looking for companionship. We are humans, but some of our instincts are similar to our animal friends. Even though life produces some loners; we are generally prone to want to be included in groups. I looked up Wolf’s Communication and it was interesting and I will share some thoughts about feeling like a lone wolf.
Although all the functions of howling are not known, scientists believe that wolves may howl to assemble their pack, to claim territory, to warn intruders away from a home site or kill, or to identify other wolves. Wolves also howl in the evening and early morning, in the summer when pups are young, and during the mid-winter breeding season. It is a myth that wolves howl at the moon, but they do point their snouts toward the sky to howl. Projecting their call upward allows the sound to carry farther. Wolves have excellent hearing, and under certain conditions can hear a howl as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles away on the open tundra.
A wolf howl is a deep and continuous sound from about half a second to 11 seconds long. The pitch usually remains constant or varies smoothly. A howling session by a single wolf lasts an average of 35 seconds, during which the animal howls several times. A howling session by a pack lasts an average of 85 seconds. It is initiated by a single wolf, and after its first or second howl one or more others may join in.(Excerpt from Western Wildlife Outreach)
As it says in the excerpt, the howl starts from a single wolf and is picked up by others. Sometimes a howl has different meanings and I looked at this in this light. A single prayer can be heard and can have a personal, private communication between one and His Creator. A person can request others join in for a more audible voice and as the scriptures say about “when two or more gathered in My Name” is very effective. However, this is an individual choice and I feel God hears both a Lone Wolf’s call or a Pack’s loud and audible session. What additionally I gathered from this excerpt is wolves’ hearing is excellent so, as a wolf does, let us listen after we have howled for our Pack Leader, God to answer our howling. God can assemble others to help, claim victory in our souls, and to warn of intruders trying to steal our salvation. Listen, and howl praises for the blessings of having food, shelter, healing, deliverance, and love.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Matthew 18:20 King James Bible
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
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