Bible Birds – Hasting’s Sparrow Poem

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) by Ray

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) by Ray

So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:31 NASB)

Some years ago King Edward the Seventh visited Norwich. The school children were drawn up in a line to meet him, and when he passed along they cheered just as loud as ever they could, and they sang “God save the king” with all their heart and soul. But after the monarch had passed by one little girl was found in floods of tears. The teacher, trying to comfort her, asked, “Didn’t you see the king?” “Ye—es,” sobbed the girl, “but he did—didn’t see me!”

An earthly king, no matter how kind and willing he may be, cannot see everybody, but the great King of kings sees and knows and loves each one of us as though that one were the only person in the world. He knows you far more intimately than your father or mother does. He is never too busy looking after the world to forget one of you. It doesn’t matter how plain you are, or how poor, or how little thought of, God cares for you. He cares for the plain, despised sparrow, and He cares far, far more for you.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) by Nikhil Devasar

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) by Nikhil Devasar

I’m only a little sparrow,
A bird of low degree;
My life is of little value,
But the dear Lord cares for me.

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali) ©WikiC

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali) ©WikiC

I know there are many sparrows;
All over the world they are found;
But our Heavenly Father knoweth
When one falls to the ground.

Sind Sparrow (Passer pyrrhonotus) by Nikhil Devasar

Sind Sparrow (Passer pyrrhonotus) by Nikhil Devasar

I fly through the thickest forest,
I alight on many a spray;
I have no chart or compass,
But I never lose my way.

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) ©USFWS

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) ©USFWS

I just fold my wings at nightfall
Wherever I happen to be;
For the Father is always watchings
No harm can happen to me.

Savannah Sparrow Fifty Point-Canada by Ray Barlow

Savannah Sparrow Fifty Point-Canada by Ray Barlow

I am only a little sparrow,
A bird of low degree,
But I know that the Father loves me.
Dost thou know His love for thee?

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The thoughts and poem are from The Children’s Great Text of the Bible by James Hastings. Part of the commentary on Matthew 10:31.

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