A Bunch of Sparrows was published in the Spring 2020 issue of Christian Living in the Mature Years. The magazine has accepted three more of my articles for publication in future issues. I will post them as they are published.
Read the article below!
Our yard is a year-round bird buffet, thanks to my husband. There’s suet for woodpeckers, Niger seed for finches, mixed seed, suitable for many kinds of birds and sugar water for hummingbirds. He even designed a heated fountain/bird bath so birds can stay hydrated in winter. All these props and provisions set the stage for avian entertainment outside our kitchen window.
“Anything interesting out there?” my husband asked as he peered out the window one morning. “Just a bunch of sparrows, “I replied. After taking a closer look, he said “Actually, there are several kinds of sparrows under the clothesline. Most of them are House sparrows, but I see a few White Crowned sparrows and a Harris sparrow. Harris sparrows are rare around here.”
He grabbed his copy of Roger Tory Peterson’s A Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies and returned to the window. I followed, with interest. “Here is the White Crowned sparrow,” he said, pointing to a handsome bird with bold black and white stripes on its head. “This is the Harris sparrow,” he continued, indicating a bird with a glossy black head and a body streaked with black, white and brown.
While watching sparrows in the yard, and perusing the twelve pages of drawings and descriptions in the field guide, I decided that sparrows are just as interesting as cardinals or finches. Their markings identify them by kind and sex. Their behaviors display their individuality. No two are exactly alike. Each is a unique and valuable part of creation.
“Aren’t five sparrows sold for two coins? Yet not one of them is overlooked by God.” Luke 12:6 CEB