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Strength to Soar

Shifting his backpack, James let out a long breath. He and his dad were high in the Rocky Mountains on a long hike on the Continental Divide Trail. The path was rugged, and James was tired. Suddenly his father stopped. “Look, son!” James looked where his father was pointing. Over the valley, a large bird was soaring. It was dark brown with a white head, and it gave a shrill cry.

“Dad, it’s a bald eagle!” James said.

His father grinned. “Is that awesome, or what?” Grabbing his binoculars, James watched the eagle. It made powerful strokes with its wings and then glided, the feathers of its wingtips extended.

“It must have a six-foot wingspan!” James said, handing his dad the binoculars. Both of them stood there, admiring the majestic creature. As he watched it fly, James breathed in deeply, his weariness gone.

Even kids get worn out sometimes, especially when the going gets rough. Are you feeling weary? Are you discouraged because of difficulties you’re going through? Don’t give up hope. Put your hope in God. Remember his promises and keep trusting them. God will refresh your strength, enabling you to soar like an eagle.

Bible Verse: 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

Words to Treasure: [God] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.Isaiah 40:29

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