When the Sparrow Flies

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The sun slowly rises behind the mountain top. The green grass is covered by a blanket of morning dew. All around the chirping of birds can be heard as they welcome the new day. On a branch, a little sparrow awaits the moment it will take its first flight. As it watches the other birds, it knows that this is the most difficult thing it will ever have to do. It is up to the young bird to have faith, spread it’s wings and fly. The Master has provided for tomorrow and His hand will catch the bird if it should fall. With a little help from nature, a soft and gentle breeze lifts it’s feet from the branch and the sparrow spread its wings… first falling…then the little flyer feels the breeze under its wings…soaring up high, free to rest on the winds of faith. God’s hand is protecting the sparrow as it flies. With joy the it can sing. A new day has also come to spread its wings and fly.

Psalm 91:4 ~ He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

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Ethel Waters Sings: His Eye is On the Sparrow

Whether as a sleek young torch singer or, in her own words, a “380 pound decrepit old lady” TV and movie star,  Ethel Waters experienced decades of notable success. Ethel, a product of teenage rape, herself abused as a teenage bride, also experienced many professional and personal woes. She accomplished many firsts as a female Black performer, and persevered through racial challenges to the point of a near-lynching, according to one source. In her 61st year, 1957, however, she was visibly, unabashedly transformed.

Ethel’s radiance in the clip above has little to do with the weight loss, of which she was proud, and everything to do with a joy that radiated from within, pouring over audiences like warm honey, through smile and voice.

At another Billy Graham rally many years later, Ms. Waters once again sang.her trademark “His Eye is On the Sparrow”, saying, “Too bad y’all don’t know what I’m talkin’ about.”

But you and I can know what Ethel was talking about. Like her, we can know that one is never too old, and it’s never too late for a radical change from the inside out.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

  • Refrain:
    I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
    For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

-His Eye Is on the Sparrow | Civilla D. Martin 1905
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Who Will Love a Little Sparrow?


Who’s traveled far and cries for rest?
“Not I,” said the Oak Tree.
“I won’t share my branches with no sparrow’s nest
And my blanket of leaves won’t warm her cold breast.”

Who will love a little sparrow,
And who will speak a kindly word?
“Not I,” said the Swan.
“The entire idea is utterly absurd
I’d be laughed at and scorned if the other swans heard.”

Who will take pity in his heart,
And who will feed a starving sparrow?
“Not I,” said the Golden Wheat.
“I would if I could but I cannot I know,
I need all my grain to prosper and grow”

Who will love a little sparrow?
Will no one write her eulogy?
“I will,” said the Earth,
“For all I’ve created returns unto me.
From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be”

Who will love a little sparrow?
Answer: You, I and the One Who made it.

A word or two from Scripture:
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” (Mt. 6:26 NLT)

“Five sparrows are sold for two pennies, aren’t they? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” (Mt. 10:29 ISV)

“So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” (Mt. 10:31 NLT)

The Creator notices you, provides for you and asks you not to be afraid.

feeding a sparrow

Click for further, suggested reading:
Just Think of the Sparrows
His Eye is on This Sparrow

*Video by Elina – https://www.youtube.com/user/Elolinona/about
Music and lyrics by Paul Simon
http://www.songlyrics.com
Holy Bible:
NLT – New Living Translation
ISV – International Standard Version

Giving Praise To God

Psalm 104:33

Psalm 104:33 ~I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live:
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being

As long as I live, in every blessing through every storm
I will sing my song of praise to my Heavenly Father above.
Without concern of what tomorrow might bring
My song of praise I will always sing.

My thankful heart will sing His song of praise
While the Thunder’s music rolls like drums in the sky.
Hear the wind whistle a song through the branches of the tree.
I will keep singing my song of praise, my Father to Thee.

A Sparrow’s Worth

Sparrows, often not considered to be worth much in worldly terms, are nevertheless so valuable to their Creator that it is said not one falls from the sky without His notice.
Here is good news:

You are worth much more than many sparrows. Mt. 10:31 NCV