aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Wouldn't have missed it for the world

I'd have to dig through all my mementos to find my card to remember the exact date, but sometime this month is the 50th anniversary of my Eagle Scout Board of Review. Being an Eagle Scout is a big part of my identity, though I don't think about it all that much. It was so long ago, and I've done so much since. But that's the way it's supposed to be. Becoming an Eagle Scout is an achievement, but being an Eagle Scout is about the life you live thereafter: a life of service and adventure.

The phoenix is an eagle. According to legend, when it grows old it immolates itself and out of the fire, a renewed eagle emerges. In an echo of this idea, Isaiah says (Is. 40:30-31),
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
That is a promise we old Eagles cling to. So, even though they're making ground harder to sleep on than they used to, I'm still looking for more adventures and more opportunities to serve. And I hope to see many more -- and especially, my two young grandcubs -- take the same journey.

Eagle Scout

Court of Honor
New Eagle with parents

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