The empty nest


"If only," sighed my baby daughter, “I was taller, thinner, brighter!”

"Stop right there, I said, "you’re wonderful just as you are. There’ll never be another you in the history of the world. Please don’t wait till you’re 50 before you appreciate just how blessed and gifted you truly are."

It reminded me of a story by Anthony de Mello 

Once a farmer found an abandoned eagle's nest and in it was an egg still warm. He took the egg back to his farm and laid it in the nest of one of his hens. The egg hatched and the baby eagle grew up along with the other chickens. It pecked about the farmyard, scrabbling for grain. It spent its life within the yard and rarely looked up. When it was very old, one day it lifted up its head and saw above it a wonderful sight - an eagle soaring high above in the sky. Looking at it, the old creature sighed and said to itself, "If only I'd been born an eagle". 

Alice is not really a baby daughter. She’ll be turning 23 next month. It’s wonderful to watch our young children grow into soaring eagles: feeling the wind beneath their wings, and the power of knowing who truly they can be.

The empty nest is the empty tomb of Easter. Christ has risen . . . and in his risen life we discover truly who we are, more than we ever imagined!

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