Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
One of the most rewarding gifts Danny gave to me for Christmas a few years ago was a bird-feeder. It hangs, with all its squirrel-buster features (don't get me wrong - I LOVE squirrels and am elated that the messy birds leave plenty of seed on the ground for them), on the struggling dogwood outside our front window. Our observation of the diverse species arriving at this oasis at different times of the year always presents the opportunity to rejoice in these winsome creatures who keep our binoculars and cameras ever busy and at the ready. We never cease to be entertained by their antics, habits, and calls as we provide for their needs. They are wonderful to watch and remind us daily of God's vast, indescribably beautiful creation.
In today's scripture, Jesus reveals just how much God cares for every living thing He has created; each one is precious and dear to Him. When Jesus tells us that we are "worth more than many sparrows", and we know He loves them deeply, how are we to begin to fathom the height, depth, and breadth of His love for us? We have done nothing to deserve it, can do nothing to earn it, and cannot live without it.
Today, and every day, let us walk humbly with this God of immeasurable love and give Him, unceasingly, thanks and praise.
Psalms 66, 67; 19, 46
Matthew 10:24-33, 40-42