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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Easter (05/30/05)

TITLE: To Rise Again
By Stanley McMahon
06/04/05


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To Rise Again.


He was created an eagle but lived like a sparrow. Tall, strong, intelligent and eagle-like in his attributes, the youth cowered with fear before fresh challenges. Beaten out of him in his childhood, crushed like a grape by searing words, his desire to fly to the heights for which he was created was all but extinguished.

Safety had become his haven. Familiar surroundings were a source of comfort and justification for his sparrow choices in life. “Everybody lives like this; it’s normal!” The eagle in him had died, tortured by the horrendous javelins of reinforced failure. “You can’t do anything!” “You’re useless! You’ll never fly, so don’t expect to.” The purpose for which he’d been made had been laid in a tomb and a great stone rolled over it. Dark, cold, musty and isolated, he lay motionless, convinced that his surroundings were permanent. The eagle had died.

As he lay there a word was blown in through a crack in the rock.
“What are you doing here?”
“I’m a sparrow,” said he.
“I’m supposed to be here.”
Another word followed. A storm was brewing outside the tomb.
“You don’t look like a sparrow, who told you that?”
“But I am! I am! Just go away and leave me alone! You’re disturbing my sleep.”

But still the words kept on coming and the force of them brought warmth and light into the tomb. The crack was getting bigger. The youth was struggling, his head swirling with the light, dizzy with the newness of these thoughts.
“You’re an eagle, you know.”
“So why can’t I soar?”
“Because you’re stuck in here. There’s no room in this tomb.”
“Who are you anyway?”
“I am the Word of Life. I have come to set you free. Free from this tomb of yours; free to be who I made you to be.”
The eagle sat up and stretched his wings, still startled and confused by the entry of light. As he got up, he looked down at his once weedy legs and found new strength in them. He looked up and around him and things were somehow getting brighter all the time. He realised that not only was the light diffusing the darkness, it was destroying the tomb.
“I am come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” ¹ He was beginning to enjoy this. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”² He stretched again, this time letting the wind catch the full span of his wings. “I can do all things through Christ who continually infuses strength into me.”³

The eagle looked down from the heights, almost too distant to hear the last whispers from the Word of Life who stood where the tomb had once been, beaming with radiant joy:
“Those who wait on the Lord shall rise up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” 4

1. John 10:10 KJV
2. Galatians 5:1 NIV
3. Philippians 4:13 Attributed to Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones
4. Isaiah 40:31


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Delores Baber06/06/05
Great example of the transforming work possible because of Easter. Our risen Lord empowers, transforms, sets us free to be all we were created to be. I was nearly 50 before He was able to convince me I was an eagle. The hard part was trusting Him enought to leave the "safety" of the nest. This really spoke to me. Thanks
Phyllis Inniss 06/07/05
This entry is really brilliant and the images are very poetic. You have shown us how trusting in the Lord can empower us and give us the wings of an eagle. Great piece.
dub W06/08/05
You have a gift. Thank you for sharing.
Helga Doermer06/08/05
A well-written peice. Read like a modern day story of Judas with a positive twist.
Helga Doermer06/08/05
OOPS. Must have inadvertently hit the forward button. Sorry, the above comment was meant for one story back.
Shari Armstrong 06/08/05
Very creative. Isaiah 40:31 -one of my very favorite verse :)
Leticia Caroccio06/09/05
Very creative writing. I enjoyed the dialogue very much. The sparrow/eagle's insecurities were captured nicely. I especially liked when he began to spread his wings while still inside the tomb. It is true: light diffuses darkness and destroys our tombs, giving life where death once resided. I enjoyed this article very much. Eagles have always been a favorite with me. Thanks for sharing it.