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Love soars where eagles cease to fly: Andrew Pratt

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The prophet Obadiah remarks:

Though you soar like the eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,”
declares the LORD. (Obadiah 1: 4)

God’s reach extends beyond that of all created things. The eagle went where humanity could not reach. God is love (1 John 4: 8 & 4: 16) and, by implication, God’s love can ‘soar where eagles cease to fly’. Thereafter the text relates particularly to 1 Corinthians 13:

[4] Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. [5] It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. [6] Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. [7] It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres,

but also to Galatians 3: 28

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.


Love values colour, light and shade,
Love loves the gifts that love has made

The love spoken of by the text is the love of God who sent Hosea back to Gomer (Hosea chapters 1 and 3), the love of Jesus who welcomed a woman taken in adultery and protected her from victimisation (John 8:3-11) . This is an indiscriminate and all pervading, universal love that does, indeed, ‘soar where eagles cease to fly’.

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