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Pastor's Pondering - February 26, 2021

Dear friends – Several years ago, on a family trip to Alaska, we visited the Kenai Peninsula. My parents and brother had been there a few years earlier and raved about all the eagles they had seen. As we were driving along, I kept pointing to birds in the sky – is that an eagle? Nope, sea gull. That one? No, that’s a seagull. What I eventually figured out was that you can tell a seagull from an eagle by their flying patterns. Seagulls flap. Eagle soar. We’re still in a pandemic – blech. I’m over it. You’re over it. Everybody’s pretty much over it – whether they’re bored or exhausted or just really, really annoyed, we’re all flapping around, fighting the winds in one way or another. But soaring is still possible – hang in there! What helps you soar? Go do more of that. What’s dragging you down? Maybe do some less of that. That’s pretty much what Lent is about – doing that which gives us strength and bears fruit and letting go of that which keeps us from soaring.

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

To being eagles, Jess

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