The care the eagle gives her young
The care the eagle gives her young. R. Deane Postlethwaite* (1925-1980).
The poem was posthumously published in the author’s Eight Hymns, In Context (1980) under the title ‘For a Recognition of God’s Feminine Attributes’. It then appeared in several North American hymnals including UMH (1989), Hymnal: A Worship Book (1992), The New Century Hymnal (1995), The Covenant Hymnal (1996), and the Canadian VU (1996).
Scripture frequently takes up the imagery of eagles – birds that can be both protector and destroyer. In Isaiah 40: 31, ‘those who wait for the Lord...shall mount up with wings like eagles’ and never tire (NSRV). In Hosea 8: 1, a predatory eagle looms over the house of the Lord...
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