Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Reflection by Janet Derby
We had our confirmation closing retreat last weekend. During our discussion about being part of a church community, I mentioned that one of the things I miss most about not having in-person worship is singing. St. Augustine is quoted as having said, “Those who sing pray twice”, and I believe that. I also find that some of the passages of Scripture which are most meaningful and comforting to me are those that are the basis for hymns and anthems that I love. That is true of this passage. When I read it, I hear the song On Eagle’s Wings in my mind. I do not doubt that we are all feeling weary right now – of winter, of political division, and certainly of the pandemic. We are weary of the inability to gather for many events, but particularly for important rites of passage like Confirmation. Yet, Isaiah reminds us that if we wait for God, our strength shall be renewed. I am grateful that we can still mark those rites of passage, even if not in the way we like, and that God will raise us up on eagle’s wings.
And God will raise you up on eagles' wings Bear you on the breath of dawn Make you to shine like the sun And hold you in the palm of God’s hand.
Song by Michael Joncas