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I’m not the first person to have ever been tired. Isaiah was weary. But then he found encouragement in the very being of eagles: “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 4:31).
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I teach children with special needs. There are times when I am so tired that I cannot imagine getting up and facing another day, wiping noses, stopping fights, and lining up for recess. . . not even one more time. Yesterday was one of those days.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Then I thought about all the many times my special students try and fail but never give up, all the times they endure the patronization of those who don’t have to try as hard as they do, all the smirks and silly smiles when others don’t quite know what to think of them.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Surely they are discouraged, disappointed, and tired – most of all, TIRED. All day long they must stay at the top of their game – never letting down – because it takes everything they have to read, add and subtract, or write. Perhaps it takes their greatest effort just to walk, or sit still, feed themselves, hear, or talk. And they don’t GET to give up. They don’t GET to quit. They don’t GET to really even be tired. Every day they must try again … harder than the times before.
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Lord, fill me with renewed energy and strength. Touch my mind with wisdom. Touch my heart with love and my arms with the gift of that love. Carry me on the back of an eagle. Secure me with the strength of his powerful wingspan. Snuggle me in his feathers. . . Some days, I need to feel the feathers, Lord. Let me feel the feathers so that I can soar again tomorrow.
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Eloise enjoys painting in a variety of styles and accepts commissions for paintings on canvas and antique wood. She is also a book illustrator.

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