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Sparrows

Don’t we feel like sparrows sometimes?

In Jesus’ day sparrows were considered insignificant, of little value.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?” Matthew 10:29a

In Roman currency a farthing was worth about 1 1/2 cents.

Life can make us feel insignificant sometimes. Stuff piles up over time eroding our self worth. Or we get blind-sided by a firestorm that catapults us into self-inflicted exile to the pit of despair.

Talk about that farthing feeling.

Jesus tells us what He thinks about sparrows.

“Yet, not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of the Father. And the hairs on your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29b, 30

In Psalm 84, David laments his distance from the Temple.

“My soul yearns even faints for the courts of the Lord. My heart cries out for the living God.”

David seeks the presence, provision and protection of God. David observes,

“even the sparrow has found a home.”

A home. A place in the presence of God, to enjoy all of God’s provision and protection. Sparrows appear insignificant and meager.  A farthing in the eyes of the world.

But in the temple of God, a welcome resident, enjoying all the benefits of home. Insignificant? No. Meager? Hardly.

We can live in the presence of God. Choose to live there, work there, play there, serve there. Every hour of every day.

Next time you feel like a sparrow. Think how wonderful it is to live in the temple of the living God.

8 thoughts on “Sparrows

  1. The old hymnal editor in me has popped up in response to your post, Steve. The scriptures are excellent, but you overlooked the 1905 hymn, “His eye is on the sparrow.” Civilla Martin wrote the text, and Charles Gabriel (prolific composer of gospel hymns) wrote the music. It was probably in nearly every Christian hymnal prior to 1960. A go-to hymn for comfort and assurance. Thanks for your post.

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    1. Roger, thank you for the reminder. I thought about that very hymn as I wrote this post. I meant to put a YouTube link to that song at the end of the post. But I forgot. RATS! I love that hymn. If you can believe this I remember a regular guest on the Author Godfrey show singing that song. I can hear her singing it now. She spoke, and sang, with an Irish brogue. I can see yer singing it, but I can’t remember her name. Rats! Thanks again, Roger. Have a blessed day.

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      1. Ethel Waters used this as her theme song, and I think she was a frequent guest on Arthur Godfrey — don’t know about the Irish brogue, but that’s who comes to mind. I think she wrote her biography and titled it “His eye is on the sparrow.” – roger

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  2. Arghhhh! Now I don’t have time to re-write what I just wrote! But glad to see you are back on a roll. I basically said that this was a great post and I’ve been out of town a lot! Off ot work now! But glad to see you back in the writing saddle!

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    1. Thanks. Wonderful to be back. Hope everything out your way is going well for you. God bless and thanks again for your comment.

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    1. Got it. That happens to me often here on WordPress. Don’t know why. I just have to repost some times like you did. I did get both comments, though. Thank you.

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