A Verse Hid in Our Hearts…E is for…
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they 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.”
A Hymn to Impart…“In the Garden”
A Sweet Little Prayer…“God’s Love”
A Poem to Share…”Hope is the Thing With Feathers”
How Our Week Was Spent
We learned about feathers and that on all the little hairs are even more little hairs and some of them have little hooks to zip the feather hairs together (Nate, 6).
Cowbirds don’t take care of their babies. They lay their eggs in someone else’s nest and let other birds, like sparrows, take care of them. But when the cowbirds grow up they know they aren’t sparrows and find other cowbirds to live with (Titus, 9 1/2).
Albatross are bad landers. Sometimes they land on their nose and do 1 or 2 somersaults. They are bad taker-offers too (Joel, 8).
My favorite chapter in the Bible is Genesis 1 but Isaiah 40 has to be a close second. I can’t read it without the words drifting into the haunting melodies of Handel’s “Messiah,” so we wore our all-ready-well-worn CD a little thinner this week. Verse 11 has been especially dear to my heart throughout this season of my life. “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.” This tender, nurturing picture of our Shepherd is sandwiched between depictions of the Lord as mighty Ruler and all-knowing Creator. Verse 9 cries out, “Behold, your God!” This same God who “has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span,” holds me and my little ones close to His heart showing special care to “those that are with young.” What sleep-deprived mother hasn’t felt in the wee hours alone and forgotten and thought like Israel in verse 27 that their “way is hidden from the Lord…and disregarded by my God?” Oh weary Mother of little ones! “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord [our Shepherd] 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 to [the tired mommy] who has no might he increases strength.” Wait on the Lord, allow yourself to be gently led by our Good Shepherd, and your strength will be renewed. The morning will come and you will soar like an eagle!