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He clasps the crags with crooked hands:
close to the sun in lonely lands;
ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls;
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson~

The Bald Eagle is an incredibly majestic and regal bird, as well as a symbol of freedom to the American people. The eagle has many unique qualities, including a better than average vision. Humans have some 200,000 visual receptors per square centimeter, and eagles have approximately 1.6 million per square centimeter, which gives them incredibly high visual resolution. An eagle can see a small fish jumping out of the water nearly five miles out to sea, or spot their prey over an area of three square miles, from 1,000 feet high in the air. That alone is truly amazing, but there is more. They are also remarkably strong. An eagle weighing about 20 lbs. has enough strength in its talons to break both the bones in a man's forearm, by merely grasping it firmly. The talons themselves are also unique in the fact that our modern-day surgical needles have been modeled after them, because they are specially crafted to pierce the flesh, and not tear it. They build their huge nests out of sticks in elevated positions above various bodies of water, and the nests have been known to weigh up to two tons, and as deep as twenty feet. They are also one of the few species of animals that will keep the same mate for their entire life, which is about 30 years.

The Greek word for eagle is "aestos", which means to blow as the wind, or to become one with the wind. Interestingly, I have discovered that the Greek word for wind is "pneuma", which can be translated also as spirit. Is it any wonder then that so many different cultures, and various spiritual beliefs hold the eagle in such high esteem? When an eagle soars, it is not by their own strength alone. They merely extend their mighty wings, and are lifted up by the "thermals," or the invisible warm air currents. A few mighty flaps of their wings and they're up and soaring, thereby saving precious energy. They are beautiful birds that are fascinating to watch. Their heads and tails gleam bright white, as the sunlight plays off of their plumage. To observe the serenity of their flight and their graceful effortlessness, causes an incredible peace to settle inside of one's soul. I'm so glad that our country chose the Bald Eagle as our national symbol in 1782, because nearly every mention of eagles in the Holy Bible, deals with its fine qualities and strengths. Each passage that mentions them holds special meaning for me, but none more than one in particular...

Isaiah 40:31

"They who wait (or hope) on 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."

God almighty used this one verse from the Bible to change my entire life. He is not only the author of all creation, but He has become the author of my salvation!!! If you would like to read the story of what happened to me one day by the side of a lake, then click on the words "my story" at the bottom of this page.

The "wind" of heaven blew into my heart, mind, and soul that day. In the book of John, chapter 3, verse 8, it says "the wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from, or where it is going; so it is with everyone who is born of the spirit." This is what happened to me nearly thirteen years ago by that lake. God almighty breathed His spirit into my soul. I don't completely understand it, or even pretend to deserve it; I only know that my entire life has changed, and I have become a new person. I did all these foolish things to try and find God, and earn my way to heaven. When I least deserved it, the Lord reached down with His loving mercy, and GAVE me what I had struggled to earn--His free gift of love and forgiveness. What a privelege and an honor it is to be a child of the Father!!!
I am forever grateful to Him!!!


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