The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest

June 24th, 2015 by MMiller

Robert Gest III

June 14, 2015

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Biblical Testimony: Deuteronomy 31:30, 32:1-3,10-12

Then Moses recited the words of this song, to the very end, in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel: Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;

let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

May my teaching drop like the rain,

my speech condense like the dew;

like gentle rain on grass,

like showers on new growth.

For I will proclaim the name of God;

ascribe greatness to our God!

God sustained him in a desert land,

in a howling wilderness waste;

God shielded him, cared for him,

guarded him as the apple of his eye.

As an eagle stirs up its nest,

and hovers over its young;

as it spreads its wings, takes them up,

and bears them aloft on its pinions,

God alone guided him;

no foreign god was with him.

Contemporary Testimony: Eagle Poem By Joy Harjo

To pray you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you.

And know there is more

That you can’t see, can’t hear;

Can’t know except in moments

Steadily growing, and in languages

That aren’t always sound but other

Circles of motion.

Like eagle that Sunday morning

Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky

In wind, swept our hearts clean

With sacred wings.

We see you, see ourselves and know

That we must take the utmost care

And kindness in all things.

Breathe in, knowing we are made of

All this, and breathe, knowing

We are truly blessed because we

Were born, and die soon within a

True circle of motion,

Like eagle rounding out the morning

Inside us.

We pray that it will be done

In beauty.

In beauty.