Last weekend an eagle landed in our neighborhood when a chain-saw artist carved one with spread wings into a tall tree trunk. Seeing the bird is a reminder of the strength and character of the eagle from which humans can learn:
Freedom: The sky is the limit for an eagle. We bind ourselves to expectations that keep us from soaring.
Vision: An eagle’s vision allows it to see the big picture. Humans have tunnel vision in regards to social, political, and moral choices.
Courage: Eagles are cautious, confident, and trust their abilities. We can learn to face fear by trusting our abilities.
Patience: An eagle can perch in a tree, not moving a feather for hours at a time. We have become a society of living in the fast lane.
Attachment: Eagles go through life without attaching to anything. Humans put a grip on things that aren’t important.
Discretion: An eagle’s beak is attached to its jaw and is the strongest part of its body, designed to break and crush. If not careful, our tongues and flapping jaws can break the spirit of another person.
Isolation: An eagle is reported to be a social bird, but needs isolation from humans in order to breed. We, too, need isolation in our lives to breed new ideas and to form a stronger relationship with God.
Once again, we thank you for teaching us lessons through your creation. Amen.