John the Great Eagle Meets Mick the Pelican
by Deacon Tom Frankenfield
As the weeks and months away from his family traveled by, John the Great Eagle grew even more self-assured in his abilities. He effortlessly hunted for his food. He could fly as high as the clouds and faster than the fastest wind gust. John even made a nest high atop the tallest tree in the forest. From this new nest, John could see for miles. Truly, John's life was uplifting and he genuinely appreciated all the gifts God had kindly given to him.
John the Eagle was beginning to establish a daily schedule for his life. John awoke at the first burst of sunlight in the morning ready for his daily adventures. Throughout the day, John quickly grew in skill and knowledge as he challenged his talents and skills. In the evenings, John would be perched high above the forest enjoying the stunning artistry of the dazzling golden-brown sunset splashed over the great water. Yet, in the midst of all this beauty and dynamism, John felt something was missing.
One day, John was flying and fishing for his lunch. From high above the great water, John saw the silvery shaped fish slither through the water. With a burst of blazing speed, John descended on his prey.
Faster and faster he dove! His talons were primed for the snatch. Crack! The water parted and John had the large fish in his talons. Success!
As he was flying away, enjoying the satisfaction of a great achievement, he heard a scratchy voice coming from close to where he captured the fish.
"Hey, you big showoff--who do you think you are taking that fish?" John thought that he was imagining things.
The voice rang out again, "I had my eye on that fish, too. Just because you are handsome, gifted and athletic does not mean you can take other people's food."
Using his great abilities, John stopped suddenly in mid flight; circled back towards the voice and looked with astonishment. John saw a grey gangly bird with a large beak. This bird turned his back on John and said, "Go away, enjoy your lunch."
John was puzzled. Taking a big gulp, John said, "Stranger, I don't know who you are but if you would like this fish, I would be happy to give it to you."
"Stranger, well, that is a great name to call me. I am Michael, but my friends call me Mick" said the scrawny grey penguin.
John circled above Mick and said, "Please forgive me if I have offended you but I was not even aware of your presence until you spoke. You see, when I am flying at top speed, I need to concentrate on my target."
Mick just shook his head and laughed. "Ok, I will forgive you but you need to learn that there are other people in this world besides you."
John gave the fish to Mick and started to fly off. This encounter had lessened his appetite anyway. John was confused. As John reentered the forest, he suddenly knew what he was missing, an important ingredient in life-friendship.
John lived alone and had not friends. To make matters worse, the only person who had talked to him in months was angry with John.
Like John the Eagle, none of us lives alone. Our world in full of people who are affected by our actions just like Mick the penguin was affected by John the Eagle's actions. During these days, try to remember others. Deacon Tom
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