Reflection 28th March 2020

One of the positive things which have kept me going during this first week of lockdown amongst all the fear and angst surrounding Covid19 has been the peace and quiet as I take my dog for her daily walk. In the absence of the traffic noise from the distant A5 and the total lack of aircraft in the skies above, I have found that the song of the birds seems to have increased in noise level as they sing their hearts out in the spring sunshine, offering their glory to God without a care in the world. I’m pretty sure I even heard a skylark!

 

As part of my Lent reading I have been thinking about God’s creation through the book ‘Saying Yes to Life’ by Ruth Valerio and this week her reflections have been about birds. She reminds us that Jesus, when talking to his disciples about not being afraid, affirms God’s care for even for the common sparrow; ‘Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.’ (Luke 12:6) As Jesus goes on to say to his disciples; ‘But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.’ (v7)

 

Valerio quotes this lovely little verse by Elizabeth Cheney:

 

Said the robin to the sparrow,

‘I should really like to know,

Why these anxious human beings

Rush about and worry so.’

Said the sparrow to the robin,

‘Friend I think that it must be,

That they have no Heavenly Father,

Such as cares for you and me.’

 

But of course we do, and in these worrying times of such uncertainty it’s good to remember that if God loves the sparrows so much, how much must love you and me!!

 

Revd Sue