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Some Story Behind “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”

October 3, 2011

—– Revival Awards are counted.  Released tomorrow!  Check out the winners as collectively chosen by YOU and the Board.

—– Rob Bell may have sold his soul.  (Had a friend and former Emergent guy who tipped this off to me recently, so HT John).  As much as I loved “Lost” (and truly, I loved it), Bell has resigned Mars Hill to sign a deal with ABC to co-write a script with a “Lost” writer Carlton Cuse.  I’m not saying it won’t be good.  It just means Bell has gone Hollywood, furthering cementing his status as “ego-driven”.  Check it out here. 

Different spin on an old song. Take a listen.

  \”His Eye Is On The Sparrow\” by Page CXVI

Civilla Martin wrote the original lyrics for the song in the early years of the 20th century. She explained the background:

Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it. Mrs. Doolittle’s reply was simple: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” was the outcome of that experience.

Matthew 6:26:

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 10:29-31:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

(HT, JT)

One Comment
  1. “I’m not saying it won’t be good.” Are you kidding? How could it be anything but a soggy, heretical, liberal disaster? Especially if Bell’s writing skills for fiction are on the same level as his non-fiction work. Boy howdy.

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