Hosea 2:18 : “And in that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground:  And I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.”

Thanksgiving Day’s childhood memories — of those once near and dear devouring turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce, then napping, and finally heading out to murder deer — haunt me every year since I have been old enough and wise enough to review formerly compromised festivities around home and hearth.

Sadly, 21 select Hoosier parks will close to the general public on certain approaching November days, the evenings before each of twofold attempts to perform “deer reductions” in order to spare “home” for “32 state-endangered plants”? 

“Everything has its own voice. Thunder and lightning and stars and planets, flowers, birds, animals, trees – all these have voices, and they constitute a community of existence that is profoundly related.”  ~ Thomas Berry

Be alert.  Be wary while motoring about, as deer families may attempt to flee their doom if they hopefully escape this holiday entrapment.  Dominoes!  A prophet for modern times might ask, “Who may profit from such a massacre?”  Several answers come to mind, for money talks.

I never plan to visit any of those targeted idyllic spots or pastoral settings ever, closed down or not.  I am appalled that we have not evolved to civilization’s noble zenith where humane humanity refuses to solve over-population through mass slaughter. 

 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34

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