The Eagle's Nest
One of the most peaceful and inspiring things I have done is watch from my computer room the eagles who fish and nest in front of my home on the Puget Sound. They tirelessly attend their young, taking turns on the nest, sharing responsibilities. Few birds have inspired more awe and wonder in the human soul than the eagle.
In ancient times, Isaiah prophesied, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and walk and not faint." (Isa. 40:31)
The following is from the Church News, week ending January 27, 2001; Viewpoint:
"Borne on eagles' wings conveys the idea of a loving father lifting his children far beyond their inherent capacity, sustaining them through tribulation, magnifying their best efforts and endowing them with power to attain what He desires for them.
The imagery comes from the care and protection that eagles instinctly give offspring who are learning to fly. It is said that if a young bird falters, either parent will swoop in and carry the fledgling on its larger, stronger wings. Concerted devotion, both male and female [to their young]"
This devotion is how I view family life. Mother and father, devoted to each other and to their children, preparing them for the trials that will attend them as they approach adulthood. Teaching them how to survive requires ceaseless determination from both parents. These are perilous times we live in and our children need the strength we can give them through our example of endurance, perserverance in the face of adversity, and a knowledge that they will not have to weather the storms alone.
As I mentioned on my homepage, I am a firm believer that a knowledge of the sacrifices and struggles our ancestors made can create within us an inner strength to endure our own hardships. It also helps us to understand that we belong to a larger family unit that transcends the generations, helping us to live up to the potential that exists within each of us to leave a lasting legacy for our own generation, and those that follow.
For this reason I chose "Eagles Nest" as the name for this website...a collection of histories that transcends the generations of my family...