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His Eye is on the Sparrow

Civilla Martin, who wrote the lyrics to the hymn, “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” said this about her inspiration to write the song:

Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle’s reply was simple: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” 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.

Mrs. Doolittle’s reply was her correct interpretation of Matthew 10:29-31.  If God takes the time to provide for a sparrow, how much more does He care for us – who were made in His image? 20120623-ChippingSparrow-22047-Edit


The image of this Chipping Sparrow was a capture I made on our old 20-Acre Wood on June 23, 2012, only a couple days before wildfire would consume our woodland sanctuary in the Bull Mountains.


2 responses

  1. Kathy O.

    That is really encouraging to me today, Ken. Thank you for posting this.

    January 10, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    • I am glad, Kathy! His timing is always perfect 🙂

      January 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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