My Three Little Sparrows

I have a necklace that I wear when I’m especially lonesome for my three daughters. The necklace holds a snip of music from one of my favorite hymns, “His Eye is On the Sparrow.” The song has three verses. We have three daughters, so the little snip of music fits perfectly. I wear the necklace and pray for my three little sparrows that have flown far from home. The words remind me that our Creator God is watching over my three daughters with a tender, loving care.

The hymn is based on the words of Jesus recorded in the book of Matthew. Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31 NRSV)

Dwell with these words of Jesus for a moment. Listen to the assurance that your Creator God is actively involved in your lives, to the smallest detail. Jesus says, “do not be afraid.” This word of promise is especially dear to us when we wonder if God is seeing us, guarding us, guiding us and caring for us.

With today’s technologies, we can access worldwide information in an instant. When an earthquake rocks the country of Pakistan, we know it immediately. When a hurricane devastates the Bahamas, we see the pictures of the tragedy in powerful detail. When politicians spar, we hear the soundbites. Photos of endangered wildlife and threatened ecosystems fill our computer screens. I can easily become overwhelmed by the troubles of this world.

That is when I cling to my faith in Jesus as the Living Word of God. This brings me incredible solace. When the troubles of this world seem overwhelming, I count on what Jesus promised about God—that not even a sparrow falls without God. Faith gives me the courage and confidence that I need to continue to sing, to fly, to work and to pray. As Christians, we are people of hope and faith. This hope come from a certainty that God in Jesus keeps God’s promises.

God’s eye is on the sparrow, and I know God watches me. And you, too.




His Eye is On The Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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