Dick Bracken sent me this picture today. It appears we have a nest of eagles on the top of our bell tower at church. How cool is that?
The Bible is full of references to eagles. Often they are lifted up as examples of the Lord’s strength. Sometimes eagles are envisioned as messengers of God. God also uses them to illustrate the strong, protective care God provides for his people. Here are a couple of my favorite eagle passages:
The Lord called to Moses from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine. (Exodus 19: 3-5)
In a desert land the Lord found Jacob (referring to the Jewish people),
in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest
and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them aloft. Deut. 32: 10-12
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 30:31)
I almost want to take this nest of eagles as a sign for our church. Maybe it is a sign – a reminder to us that God is strong and his love for us sure as the strong love of the eagles guarding their young on top of our church tower.
For your listening pleasure: On Eagles Wings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXfu01zfqb0 CFJ Choir (virtual choir)
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