A few days ago I was in our upper room getting ready to go on-line when I heard an eagle screaming outside. When I looked out the window I saw an eagle diving toward the water. It seemed to strike the surface of the water then turn sharply up toward the sky.

When it was only about 25 feet off the water it turned back and dove to the water again. As the eagle repeated this maneuver over and over again, I noticed that a large sea bird of some kind was in the water diving below the surface to escape the eagle's attacks.

This went on for what seemed like a very long time (approximately 4 to 5 minutes). I started to think the eagle would tire before catching his prey, when all of a sudden another eagle dove in from my right.

The second eagle grabbed the prey and landed on the surface of the water. The first eagle then flew up and landed in a tree in front of me. It watched intently as the other eagle struggled with its prey for several minutes on the surface of the water.

After what seemed a very long time (especially for a bird of that size who is not exactly built for swimming!) The sea bird escaped the eagle, and popped up to the surface a few yards from the eagle. The eagle then flapped its mighty wings and flew again.

It made a wide circle then dove down and grabbed its prey, and one more time landed on the surface of the water. The eagle struggled on the surface for a couple minutes this time, and then the sea bird popped up on the surface right next to the eagle.

The eagle then became airborne once again. It turned toward the direction he had originally come from and flew out of sight. "He must have given up," I thought to myself. Then as suddenly as before, the eagle returned, flying in from my right.

He dove, this time not so straight down but on a gentle slope, toward the now motionless sea bird. When just above it's prey it reached down with it's mighty talons and grabbed the sea bird. As it turned toward the shore and me the sea bird was so heavy that the eagle could barely keep it off the water. As soon as it landed the first eagle flew down from the tree to join its partner for what was no doubt a huge feast.

Shortly after I witnessed this wondrous event, the Holy Spirit began to show me that it was persistence and team-work that won the pair of eagles a prize so big they could hardly carry it off! In the same way, we (THE CHURCH) must band together, and with persistence and teamwork in the Spirit, we will receive more plunder then we can carry off.

I was then led to Isaiah 61 which says: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord...."

This is the favorable year of the Lord! The Spirit of the Lord God is upon us! We will bring good news to the afflicted! We will bind up the broken hearted! We will proclaim liberty to the captives! And freedom to the prisoners...

I was then led to Joel 2:28 which says: "...That I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions."

God has heard the prayers of parents for their sons and daughters. This is the year that he will give you what you have cried out for. Before this year is over, your sons and daughters will proclaim the goodness of The Lord!

Richard