His Eye Is On The Sparrow
Photograph - Digital Photo
A house sparrow (Passer domesticus) pauses to look at the camera while with a flock in a parking lot in Vacaville, California. Its diminutive size is accentuated by a pair of fallen pine needles.
This common bird is native to Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia, and has been introduced to North and South America, Africa and Australia, making it the most widely distributed bird in the world.
I originally titled this image, "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" because it reminds me of the beloved hymn by this same name, and the Words of my Messiah from the book of Matthew::
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them shall fall to the ground apart from your Father's consent. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31, Tree of Life Bible
According to Wikipedia, "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" was written in 1905 from a poem by Civilla D. Martin and set to music by Charles H. Gabriel. Civilla Martin recalled the time she and her husband visited their close friends, Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle, both of whom were battling severe health challenges. One day, Civilla's husband remarked how cheerful their outlook on life was in spite of their difficulties and asked about the secret to their happiness. Mrs. Doolittle replied, "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." This simple yet heart-felt expression of gratitude and faith in God so moved Civilla and her husband that she wrote, "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."
Throughout the years, this beloved hymn has been recorded by both Christian and secular artists.
The song is most notably associated with actress-singer Ethel Waters, who featured the title for her autobiography.
Here are the words to the first verse and refrain to "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" that have inspired and comforted millions of people::
"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."
(Source: Wikisource. Words by Civilla D. Martin, music by Charles H. Gabriel. Hymn is in the public domain, published in 1905.)
Grateful to God and thankful to the administrators for featuring this image on the home pages of the following Fine Art America groups::
* SMALL BIRDS OF THE WORLD, 06.21.15
* A BIRDING GROUP ~ WINGS, 07.18.15
* FAA PORTRAITS - BIRDS, 07.18.15
* THE AWWW SO CUTE FACTOR, 07.24.15
* BIRD WATCHERS, 10.22.1
While editing my photo, the software created a heart shape in the background, which I've retained as a reminder of God's love reflected in His creation.
Photo copyright © 2014, 2015 Brian Tada. All rights reserved. To the glory of God. This photograph may not be photographed, copied, altered, downloaded or distributed without express written permission of the artist.
February 10th, 2015
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