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On Eagle’s Wings

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

“Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!” (Psalm 96:11A)

Recently, I was gifted with the beauty of seeing an eagle glide over the Missouri River. I took a moment to savor the exquisite weather and listen as nature lifted up a song of celebration as the season changed.

Eagles are truly fascinating birds with many interesting traits. They are known for their keen eyesight and ability to soar high in the sky. The Bible refers to eagles on numerous occasions. Probably my favorite "eagle verse" is Isaiah 40:31, which says, "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." The majestic eagle's ability to soar is compared to the benefit that comes from hoping in, or waiting on, the Lord.

If you've ever watched an eagle soar you know that this analogy makes good sense. Eagles are able to soar because they have learned to wait for a draft and use it to lift them higher and higher. They do not have to beat their wings to rise to greater heights; they simply use the air currents and updrafts available to them.

In those few moments watching the eagle I was reminded to slow down, to be, to allow the spirit to guide me. In both the Hebrew and Greek languages the words for wind and spirit are the same. Like an eagle, we must wait on the wind of God's Spirit if we hope to fly high and truly experience the glory of God in all our efforts.

Heavenly Father,

slow us down so we may fully experience the beauty of nature,

the wonder and awe of all You have created.

We pray that You lift our worries from our minds,

and place in our hearts the enormity of Your love.

We ask that You give courage, strength and hope to those who are sick,

and to their families and friends.

Please bless the hands and hearts of all those who work for Avera.

Our prayer for the New Year is for all “to be well” in body, mind and spirit.

Tweeter Hensler
Director of Chaplaincy, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

1 JOHN 2:12-17 • PSALM 96:7-8A, 8B-9, 10•LUKE 2:36-40

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