Wings

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Turn another page of George Herbert’s book, and you’ll find his concrete poem formed and named after Easter Wings. Not only is it beautifully crafted and balanced, but it is also full of hope!
Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
      Though foolishly he lost the same,
            Decaying more and more,
                  Till he became
                        Most poore:
                        With thee
                  O let me rise
            As larks, harmoniously,
      And sing this day thy victories:
Then shall the fall further the flight in me.
My tender age in sorrow did beginne
      And still with sicknesses and shame.
            Thou didst so punish sinne,
                  That I became
                        Most thinne.
                        With thee
                  Let me combine,
            And feel thy victorie:
         For, if I imp my wing on thine,
Affliction shall advance the flight in me.
In each stanza, the slump of human condition gives way to a beautiful rise. And so I have to ask, why wings? Well, have you ever felt trapped in life? A good picture of that is a young bird who is not yet able to use his wings and falls out of the nest. And yet, through Christ’s help and victory, we are able to rise. He provides the air current underneath our wings, so we can fly. And that is beautiful.
Jesus, just like the Holy Spirit came as a dove, You bring peace to my life. Only in Your plan could the disobedience of mankind bring about something greater. Thank You! Please help me to embrace that for today as well as for the future. Amen.
“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.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 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” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

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