What is Sparrowfare?
I’ve taken to watching the sparrows in the bushes around my house and at my backyard feeder. They’re a calming corrective to the current climate of political anger and banal entertainment. I need a reset after taking it in. Sparrows draw me away from the sensational. Their very lowliness reminds me of higher things.
Sparrows are little. They neither strut nor pontificate. They are simply what their Father made them to be, and that is their beauty. Christ elevated them for our consideration. Faith reminds me of their importance. “Not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing,” he said.
He added this: “So don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” Did his eyes well with love and anticipation of the future he would share with us through his cross?
Sparrowfare will share the seeds of goodness, truth and beauty feeding my faith life in a world of competing voices.
Those seeds include books, spiritual reflection, natural wonders, art and music.
Stay in touch if these things feed you too.
As a first offering, here is a link to Audrey Assad’s “Sparrow,” a lovely rendition of the spiritual song, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” Here is Mahalia Jackson’s unforgettable rendition. And here’s the version I grew up with, the tender performance of Ethel Waters.
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