Wednesday, March 27, 2013

House sparrow and gratitude

House Sparrow
Yesterday while walking home from a Bible Study I was pleased to encounter a House Sparrow.  It reminded of the old Gospel hymn, His Eye is On the Sparrow, based on Jesus' reference to sparrows in the book of Matthew:

"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 than 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 ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Matthew 10:29-31)

Later in the day I read from a book, Choosing Gratitude: Learning to love the life you have, by James Autry, that also reminded me not to worry but to have an attitude of gratitude:

"What you have is Enough." ...if you live in gratitude, your attitude is always that what you have is enough. Whatever it is, it is enough.
Yet gratitude goes beyond what's enough for you and yours. Gratitude may lead to generosity for which other people express gratitude to you, but your own gratitude comes from their generosity in allowing you to help.

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