His Eye is on the Sparrow

‘Consider the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?’

The verse that inspired many songs with the lyrics ‘his eye is on the sparrow’ has thrown me into something of a panic. The news today was that the sparrow population has decreased by 68 per cent in the past thirty years, in London by 60 per cent just between 1994 and 2004.
Dr Will Peach of the RSPB said every pair of house sparrows must raise at least five chicks a year to maintain the population, but many were starving to death in their nests or were too weak to live long after fledging.
‘Peanuts and seeds are great for birds for most of the year, but sparrows need insects in summer – and lots of them – to feed their hungry young,’ quotes the BBC news website.
Which begs the question – if the sparrows are starving, has God taken his eye off them? And if he’s taken his eye off them, is he still keeping an eye on me?


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