The Shepherd’s Voice Pastor Randy Junker Lessons of togetherness It won't be long until the geese and ducks will again be flying south. We can all learn a few little lessons from our winged friends: 1. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird following. By flying  in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if flying alone. 2. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back to take advantage of the lifting power. Together lesson: if we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go. 3. When the league goose gets tired, it drops back and another goose flies at the point position. Together lesson: it pays to take turns doing the hard task and sharing leadership – – with people, as with geese, interdependent with each other. 4. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Together lesson: we need to make sure honking from behind is encouraging not something less helpful. 5. When I goose gets sick or wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow him down to help protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out to catch up with the flock. Together lesson: if we have as much sense as the geese, we’ll stand by each other like that.