You are not forgotten
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Friday, Fifth Week of Easter
Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom. (The prayer of the thief on the cross.)
Not one sparrow is forgotten before God who cares for all that he created.
Jesus used sparrows as an example, he could have used millions of other creatures that were designed by his hands. By using the “dime-a-two-dozen” birds as an example, Jesus points out that what we consider cheap, throw-away, or unimportant, God considers valuable, and if God values each sparrow, how much more you!
Do you know how many hairs you have on your head? Less than yesterday, perhaps? I hope you are not pulling your hair out in this crisis. Instead rest assured that God has not forgotten you.
Consider the Gospel Hymn written by Civilla D. Martin in 1905 entitled, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” composed by Charles H. Gabriel. Cevilla writes about what inspired her to write this song:
“Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle’s reply was simple: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” was the outcome of that experience.” (Wikipedia)
Why should I feel discouraged,
Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely…
…For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches over me.
If you want to hear a rendition of this song to stir the soul, here is link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H74FBgOZTDw
In the hands of the Living Lord,
Pastor Langdon Reinke
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