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,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.
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.
Court of Honor
New Eagle with parents