"how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing." Matthew23:37There are so many scriptures that encourage us about the love of God. Psalm 136, for example, repeats the phrase "His love endures forever" after every one of its 26 verses. We must need to hear it a lot. And, if we're going through grief, these are good:
"I call on you, O God, for you will answer me." Psalm 17:6On top of all that, God enjoys those cute chickens as much as we do. After all, he created them - they're not some inbred hybrid, but an ancient line remarked upon by Marco Polo when visiting China. And, the hens are known to be especially good mothers.
"Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men." Lamentations 3:32-33