Having one God—a wealth beyond measure

It was early autumn. My friend and I broke camp at sunrise and paddled our canoe out of the Canadian wilderness at midmorning. As we were heading down a long stretch of Basswood Lake on the last leg of our trip, we heard the distinct call of a bald eagle. We looked up and could see four of the birds in clear view, circling and soaring on the updraft.

We sat still for a few moments and watched while the huge eagles appeared to grow smaller and smaller as the updraft continued to lift them skyward. When they were little more than specks and it hardly seemed possible that they could travel any higher, they simply vanished, one by one, into the white clouds overhead.

In the Bible Lesson that week, from the Christian Science Quarterly, a verse from the Old Testament had arrested my attention. Now, the imagery of the verse had an actual correlative in experience that made the words come alive. I felt I was seeing vividly that morning just what the writer of Proverbs must have had in mind when he wrote of the unsubstantial and fleeting nature of materialism. "Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?" the writer asks. And then he continues, "For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." Prov. 23:5.

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Love's prayer
February 9, 1987

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