DAILY DEVOTIONS:'Soaring Like an Eagle'

DAILY DEVOTIONS:'Soaring Like an Eagle'
St. Damasus I
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles' wings.
- Isaiah 40:31
Two things impressed me about this verse from Isaiah. First, the word "hope." Hope is the virtue that carries our faith and love into the future. The future, however, is the great unknown. As such, it can be scary (that's why we buy insurance!). But this verse tells us in whom we place our hope for the future--not in ourselves, not in some guru, not in a particular program or prayer, not even in a certain church leader. No, we place our hope in the Lord, in God.

The second thing that impresses me in this verse is the image of the eagle. For a moment, picture in your mind an eagle soaring in the air high above the earth. How does an eagle soar? Seemingly effortlessly, and with strength, perseverance and grace. Those are the qualities that we, too, will have if we, indeed, place our hope in God.
Creating God, help me to place my hope in you. Then give me the strength, perseverance and grace to help bring about the better future for which I hope.
- Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.


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