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Owls, Oaks and Graveyards 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Owls, Oaks and Graveyards

Walk around an old cemetery, and you discover that death and burial can lead to abundant life for owls, oaks and other living things. The very same is true for Christians who find new life in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

For an alternate approach pertaining to Psalm 1, see Heirloom Seeds.

Owls and cemeteries.

You might not think of them as being connected, but they’ve been together for a very long time. For centuries, the call of an owl has been linked in mythology with the end of life, and Native Americans have considered the owl to be the bird of the shadows, the darkness, the night - it has been, for them, the messenger of death.

In the British Isles, pagan Celts believed that owls were able to communicate with the dead, and their presence in cemeteries has long been seen as a sign of this supernatural ability.

This is spooky stuff, for sure. But the close connection between owls and graveyards is really no myth at all. Fact is, many owls live in the cavities of trees, and old trees in cemeteries often have the largest hollows. In parts of densely populated India, there is one place you can go to find rare owls: a cemetery. Graveyards that shelter the last of the big trees with large cavities are life-saving sanctuaries for endangered owls.

Cemeteries, it turns out,...

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