September 11: Be the Bee

Genesis 2:4-15

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord[a] God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no vegetation of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground, but a stream would rise from the earth and water the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground[b] and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold, 12 and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints,
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house,
    ever singing your praise. Selah

Happy are those whose strength is in you,
    in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[a]
As they go through the valley of Baca,
    they make it a place of springs;
    the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
    the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
    give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
    look on the face of your anointed.

10 For a day in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than live in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
    happy is everyone who trusts in you.

Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
    the world, and those who live in it,
for he has founded it on the seas
    and established it on the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
    who do not lift up their souls to what is false
    and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob.[a] Selah

Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in!
Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in!
10 Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory. Selah

Facts about Bees:   
  • Bees have 5 eyes, 2 pairs of wings, and 6 legs
  • Male bees in the hive are called drones, female bees in the hive (except the queen) are called worker bees
  • Bees fly about 20 mph and their wings beat 200 times per second or 12,000 beats per minute.
  • The queen by can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day.
  • Losing its stinger will cause a bee to die
  • The lifespan of a bee during the working season is about 6 weeks
  • Bees carry pollen on their hind legs in a pollen basket or corbicula
  • An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees
  • Forager bees must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey
  • The average forager makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime
  • The principal form of communication among honey bees is through chemicals called pheromones
  • Bees are important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Bees help to produce not only more but also larger fruit and vegetables.
  • It takes one colony of honeybees to pollinate an acre of fruit trees.
  • Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are Canada’s largest honey producers.
  • Honeybees are responsible for pollinating one-third of Canada’s food crops.
  • In Canada, the value of bees pollinating fruit, vegetables and legumes is over $1 billion per year: that’s ten times the value of honey produced.

Honey colour and flavour depend on the flower source.

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