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By David Bachelor, PhD
Pastor, Pearsall 1st Methodist Church
Ever since June 25 when Congress released its UFO report, news agencies from around the world have run stories on unidentified flying objects. This week, the news website MySanAntonio.com joined the fray with a distinctly South Texan UFO story.
Writer Camille Saucers entitled her July 2 article “A flying creature has spooked the South Texas area for decades.” She asked her readers “Do you think they are real?” Saucers took as a starting point the February 1976 encounter between two San Antonio teachers and what one of them described as a “Pteranodon.” A Pteranodon is a type of flying dinosaur believed to be extinct. Later that same year, several similar sightings were reported around Harlingen. Saucers included anecdotes of more recent encounters with strange flying creatures and reminded her readers about La Lechuza, a mythical creature some Texans describe as “a shape-shifting woman who can convert herself into a giant owl.”
The MySanAntonio.com article included a link to Saucers earlier article (May 7, 2021) on two Texas bands who recorded “an ode to everyone’s favorite blood sucking, lurking Texas legend — La Chupacabra.” The article included a photo of the chupacabra statue placed at the San Antonio Zoo in 2020. Chicago’s ABC-affiliate Channel 7 News reported an incident in Houston where a chupacabra may have been photographed: “Literally translated in English as “goat sucker,” the legend of the chupacabra has terrorized rural communities throughout the Americas for decades.”
There may be a reason that bird-like UFOs and goat-sucking creatures have been seen around South Texas, particularly in the Brush Country. Texas Wildlife Magazine described the Brush Country as a “land of horns, thorns and fangs.” A land with similar features is described in the book of Isaiah: “Thorns have grow over its ruins. Nettle and bramble guard the land like a fortress. The land is a habitation of dragons and a court for daughters of the ostrich” (Isa 34:13). Isaiah named other residents of the ancient land who appear to be related to Texas’ La Lechuza and the Chupacabra: “nomadic beasts meet with howling creatures, and the goat-demon calls for its companion. Even Lilith, the owl-witch, finds for herself a place of refuge” (Isaiah 34:14).
The government may be no closer to solving the mystery of UFOs seen by military pilots and Camille Saucers could only commiserate with people afraid of the dark, but the Bible offered hope that these unidentified denizens would be expunged from the land by God: “And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land shall become springs of water in the former home of jackals…and it shall be called, The Way of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it. God shall be with them…No lion shall be there, nor any predator shall pass there, such creatures shall not be found there” (Isa 35: 7-9). With God the UFO report ends, “And they lived happily ever after.”