On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but 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 40:29-31


Thursday, September 6, 2012


Our church is doing something really nice this week-end to honor
and say "thank you" to the men, women and families
who have served our community and country in the present or past
in the military, as firefighters, police officer and rescue personnel.
A big thumbs-up to Grace Outreach Center.
In addition to honoring them in the service Sunday,
and the gift of a little packet of goodies,
lunch will be served to them and their families.
Now I say "little packet." Last night I stayed after church to help
put the "little packets" together. A painstaking task of putting together cards,
special medallions, gift cards, books and drawings
and sweet messages from the children in our church.
All of this was sealed, stamped, tied together with red, white and blue ribbons
and put in a little bag and sealed up. Wow!
My stiff fingers struggled with tying the ribbons together
and just trying to get those stickers off the pages.
Now, on my way home I thought over this.
I put in a just little over an hour on this project.
I have no idea how much time was spent prior to this by others
(obtaining/making and separating all the goodies)
and how much time will be spent by staff and volunteers
to finish the project before Sunday.
And how much time will be put in by the volunteers who prepare
and serve the lunch Sunday?
But my thought was:
"Will anybody fully appreciate the efforts
or know what it took to put together those little goodies?"

Aha! Light bulb moment!

Can anybody ever fully appreciate what is involved in the life
of someone who serves our community or country
day after day in sometimes thankless positions?
I don't think so.
We say very sincerely that we do.
But, unless we have actually been there,
we really don't know.
They are almost always invisible, humble,
and focused on meeting the needs of others.
Thank you.




Anonymous said...

thats so lovely put, and so true,

yaya said...

How nice of your church and all those that are doing this act of kindness for those who serve every day. I'm sure that every person being honored appreciates it and even though they might not realize how much work went into it, they will never forget this. Hope your fingers are getting better! That's the kind of pain I like..the ones that come from giving!

NanaDiana said...

Sometimes as servants it is hard to see beyond what we are doing and see the greater purpose of it all, isn't it? I try to do it with an open heart and hope that no matter how little I do it contributes to the bigger picture of life- xo Diana

Wanda said...

What a great way to honor those special men and women. What would we do without our Churches that step up when many don't.

You account of it was very touching to read.

Chatty Crone said...

I believe that they will know all the work involved for the lunch - I don't know if they know how much we appreciate them overseas though - I think your church is doing a wonderful service.

Shelly said...

I love what you and your church are doing to honor those who so richly deserve it. I know how much it blesses the Lord's heart, too~

Annmarie Pipa said...

That is wonderful!! Our whole family prays for our troops and their families every single night.

Lisa R said...

My dad truly appreciate all the effort. It meant a lot to him. He was not very verbal about it all, but we could all tell it he felt honored. Thank you for your part.