Sunday, 31 March 2019

...Like Eagles

My next Stanley Spencer "Christ in the Wilderness" painting is called "The Eagles" [from Luke 17 Where there is a carcase, there the eagles will gather.
Eagles crop up a lot in the Bible.
I read that Eagles lay their eggs 'out in the wilderness' away from other creatures, in order to protect their young from harm. In this painting, like The Hen there is a sense of Jesus protecting the birds as they feed. Originally I thought about using that picture today, for Mothering Sunday -but decided against it.
Eagles have amazing traits - fiercely nurturing their young, phenomenal eyesight [including an extra eyelid to protect their vision], faithfulness [mating for life] incredible patience [especially when watching prey] and the ability to soar to great heights.
These are qualities also needed by mothers** 
- fiercely nurturing the young
- always watching for danger [eyes-in-the-back-of-my-head]
- faithfulness to family and friends
- courage [as eagles fight snakes, so mothers fight for the young and weak]
- incredible patience
- the ability to soar, achieving far more than you thought possible
Eagles catch the wind, ascending on thermals - using power greater than their own to reach greater heights than before.
**and fathers, in fact, needed by all of us!
Two lovely Bible verses which have been an encouragement to me in this past week
Exodus 19:4 - You have seen what I did, how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself
Isaiah 40;31 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.


  1. Interesting what you write about eagles, it gave me new knowledge and a new perspective on these words. Thanks for the nice greeting on my blog, the Albanian saying was very good. Have a blessed week!

  2. On Eagles Wings -- one of my favorite songs

  3. Like the song says: "And He will raise you up on eagle's wings
    Bear you on the breath of dawn
    Make you to shine like the sun
    And hold you in the palm of His Hand"

  4. I love how you have applied the characteristics of the eagle to a mother! Beautiful! And Happy Mother's Day to you Ang, dear friend!x


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