I am recently fascinated by the contemplation of the imagery of wings throughout Torah and Gospels. Either they are the powers of angels' movements, as in Ezekiel's vision, or they are maternally sheltering and enveloping.
May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!’
Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Let me abide in your tent for ever, find refuge under the shelter of your wings.
for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
but those 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.
But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.
2 Esdras 1.30:
I gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But now, what shall I do to you? I will cast you out from my presence.
‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
What recurs most often from a recent dream experience, is how inseparable the imagery of wings are from the Shekinah. Is it any wonder how often Shekinah imagery in Torah is connected with an Eagle? What's more, a wing is able to give lift and flight to a bird by the variety of the shapes and sizes of the feathers. Here, in the feathers is what is most intriguing to me.
We learn in many Kabbalistic teachings that the Shekinah--the self-evident and manifesting power of the Holy One--is technically in Her good company, who are maggidim (angels). Wherever She is welcome to move is actually the welcoming of maggidim, for by maggidim is Her power to heal, defend, prophecy, or manifest a sign or wonder made possible. Shekinah is maggidim and maggidim are Shekinah, as feathers are to a bird's wings. Something very beautiful is peeking out at me here to contemplate Her powers--Her maggidim--as Her feathers.
May the Holy One empower and shelter us with the strength of Her Good Company.