There once was a beautiful, beautiful eagle. He was a very, very old eagle and came from a long line that had watched the birth of a nation and the determination of people to break free from tyranny.
Eagle knew the story of how a people left homes, riches, and all they have ever known to take a journey completely by faith.
Faith that would lead them to a plentiful land free from the persecution they suffered and for freedom, freedom to worship the one true, creator God .
Many died on this journey and many more after their arrival, but God had given them land that a plague had left empty. And as time went he blessed them in all they did and they kept his commandments and worshipped him openly. Over time the apron strings of the mother country would prove that a battle would indeed need fought before true, true freedom would be won.
Eagle watched our forefathers as they tried at first to keep peace with their overlords and he watched as one by one stood up and proclaimed this land would be for liberty and it should be for all.
His favorite of these men would be Patrick Henry, a voice among the great voices who shaped our land. He heard him say words such as “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course others may take but as for me give me liberty or give me death.”
He watched as tea poured into the harbor and cries of “The British are coming!” bellowed through the land. He watched as bloody soldiers fought to the death and gunpowder flooded the air and the sound of cannons echoed. And he watched as they pressed on, pressed on in their battle, because they would be free or they would die but they would never surrender.
He watched as this great battle came to a close and America proclaimed her freedom, freedom from her overlords and she would now shine as beacon to the whole world.
Eagle was honored as he was chosen to be her great symbol, brave, strong, powerful, and above all free.
He would be given olives branches, that he would always extend peace and he would reserve his great force as a last resort.
He would be given arrows, that he would use that force if necessary to defend his liberty and his people.
He would be given his shield to protect him and all he stood for and his main stand was “Death to tyranny”.
Eagle watched as the constitution was written and signed and he thought upon the words of his friend Patrick Henry, ” The constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
And Eagle soared, high in the sky, the sun warming him and flying higher and higher playfully trying to catch the ever elusive rainbow that the Creator had placed in the sky, a symbol of his glory and promise and Eagle knew that near the rainbow he would always be safe.
And he watched on, as struggles, trails, and heartaches came to the great land brought through evil men who had crept in there.
His feathers tattered a few times as freedom for those enslaved had to be won, pitting brother against brother and splitting the country in half.
He was ruffled as leader after leader rose and new troubles were unveiled, but storms would always pass and he would again gain his ground, liberty, bravery, and justice were on his wings.
Then suddenly it started growing dark, darker and darker as the new generations forgot their heritage and lost the wisdom held by the fathers, Eagle was reminded again of these words, “It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains” that were long ago spoken by Patrick Henry.
He listened as laws were changed, comprises made, and the peace that had been so hard-fought for was pandered away by making truces with those who hate us.
He listened as prayer to the creator was taken away, he heard as they mocked and profaned the Son of God’s holy name.
He looked on with horror as the holy laws, the ten commandments of God were ridiculed and taken away.
He looked on as a people who once had been free now were told what they may and may not do.
He looked down and saw streets lined with half naked people, and parades, and mocking’s of the crucifixion of Jesus, the Son of God, reminding him again the warning of his friend, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason people of other faiths have been offered asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
Horror for his people took hold as the sky darkened and grew black and a strong wind violently blew and whipped around him, in the darkness his path was unclear and the battering winds against his wings knocked him off-balance, as he tried to regain flight something caught his eye, it was a rainbow!
If he could just get to the protection of the rainbow he would be safe and regain his strength.
But as he flew closer to hide under the protection of safety of the Creator, he realized this was not the real rainbow, but a piece of fabric blowing in the great wind, and as it caught him, he became tangled, his olive branches and shield crashed to the ground, his arrows broke in the struggle to regain flight and Eagle fought with all he had but to no avail, He crashed helplessly to the ground.
As his heart beat faded, and drawing his last breath, as his eyes grew dim, he caught sight of shimmering in the field, it was the soft, amber glow of a fire burning and as Eagle’s life continued to slowly fade, he felt comfort, because he was sure that in that fire, he heard in the distance, that old funeral song, that old faithful hymn, that he remembered from the battlefields and the old camp meetings…….
” Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,
He hath loosed the lightning of his terrible swift sword,
His truth is marching on…
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah,
His truth is marching on………..”
N. BrownJohnson 2015/ All rights reserved.
Original post date: July 4, 2015 Revisited July 3, 2019