Sunday, May 31, 2020
“…I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches me …”
~ “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”
~ Gospel hymn
~ Civilla D. Martin, lyricist, Charles H. Gabriel, composer
~The hymn is most associated with actress-singer Ethel Waters who used the title for her autobiography
~ Mahalia Jackson’s recording of the song was honored with the
Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2010
The theme of the song is inspired by the words of David in the Psalms and Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” (Psalm 32:8); “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value then they?” (Matthew 6:26); and “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear yet not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31).
A sweet sparrow eyes the beauty of a late May sunset on a gorgeous spring evening at Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
“May my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living.”
~ ee cummings
A sweet tree swallow fledgling waits for its mother to return with supper to the nesting box on a beautiful late spring evening in early June at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
While there are young or eggs in the nest, adult tree swallows frequently dive bomb intruders, including curious humans, and attempt to drive them from the area – I personally know this to be true, and so does my camera!