Sunday, April 1, 2018

EASTER: STORY OF BURDENS

A FABLE ABOUT HOW BIRDS GOT THEIR WINGS



The story goes that initially they were created without them. Then God made the wings, set them down before the wingless birds, and said to them, “Take up these burdens and carry them.”
The birds had sweet voices for singing, and lovely feathers that glistened in the sunshine, but they could not soar in the air. When asked to pick up the burdens that lay at their feet, they hesitated at first. Yet soon they obeyed, picked up the wings with their beaks, and set them on their shoulders to carry them.
For some time, the load, this burden, seemed heavy and difficult to bear, but soon, as they continued to carry the burden and to fold the wings over their hearts, the wings grew attached to their little bodies. They quickly discovered how to use them and were lifted by the wings high into the air.
The burdens had become wings.
We each have burdens that we must carry until we learn how to carry them and tie them to our hearts. We must not run from them…where would we go? To be bitter or angry about them…only makes the burdens heavier. To try to have others carry our burden…what would we learn? To deny the existence of the burden…will keep us from growing.
Spring is a time of renewal. Trees get their leaves, flowers bloom, baby animals are born, and the weather warms up. The message of Easter is one of renewal, of giving our burdens to God thereby freeing ourselves to spread our wings and use them to soar like an eagle or fly from flower to flower like the hummingbird.
Wishing you the blessings of Easter today and everyday.
Fable of how birds got wings is from Streams in the Desert http://www.youdevotion.com/streams/july/08.

6 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tale to share on Easter. It touched me deeply. Thank you and Happy Easter.

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    1. It is one of my favorite passages from Streams in the Desert. I am glad you liked it.

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  2. I have never heard of this fable. Thank you so much for sharing. :-)

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    1. Melissa, it comes from a wonderful devotional, Streams of the Desert.

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