By Pastor Steven Wright
April 30th marks the 200th anniversary of Louisiana’s statehood. In honor of this bicentennial year, I recently purchased a Louisiana state flag to fly from our home’s front porch. The central figure on the flag is a pelican feeding her young. While many know the brown pelican is the state bird, few may know the history of this image — an image rich in Christian association.
An ancient legend states that in times of famine, a mother pelican would pierce her breast in order to feed her young with her own blood. According to another version of the story, the mother pelican would pour her blood over her dead young to bring them back to life. As early as the second century, this legendary act of the pelican was seen as an allegory of the work of Christ who shed His blood to grant spiritual life…
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