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The Little Sparrow
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It was almost 12:20 p.m. on the kitchen clock, when I realized how many lemons were on our lemon tree in the back yard. Suddenly, I saw a little sparrow fall from the sky! “Could it be possible?”I asked, in astonishment.

I called Fran—that’s what I call my youngest daughter, Francisca. I wanted her to see him. The little bird was unable to fly. Apparently, it was hurt.

Together, we built a little cage. We didn’t want the neighborhood cats to get to it. My daughter was so excited! She observed everything with her big, brown eyes—without even blinking! To not upset her, I didn’t share with her what I felt in my heart, “Would this little sparrow actually make it?”

For our unexpected “guest”, we prepared a dish of lettuce, a piece of boiled potato, and some seeds that he quickly began pecking at. Each little sound he made, made us laugh and laugh. Francisca was so involved in the process.  She didn’t want to miss a single second.

She helped me fix its right wing, which was the most pressing issue for the little sparrow. Time flew as we diligently worked on helping our little friend get better.

A Thousand Questions

Although we were both very excited, Fran had to go to school and I had to go back to work. So, we prepared a serving of food for our guest and went on our way. On our way to school, Fran asked me a thousand questions:

—Daddy… is the little bird gonna die? Will he eat everything we left for him? What if he goes back to his home?

I put her at ease, telling her that the little sparrow was happy with us and that he’d be waiting for us when we got home.

Close to 7 p.m. that evening, I picked up my daughter at school, just a couple of blocks from home. As we were approaching our house, we noticed something different. “Our” little sparrow was making noise all throughout the house. He was still alive and apparently feeling much better!

Fran was happy, as she refilled the seeds in the little basket. Seeing her so loving and caring with her new little friend, brought something I had once read to mind.  It’s so calming to know that God knows our sorrows. He knows everything about us. If we’re hungry, if we’re thirsty, if we’re hurt, if we’re heartbroken…we have a God that loves us and worries about us. He is concerned about every living thing, created by His hand.

Later, I explained to Fran, that when we feel compassion for a bird that’s been hurt, it’s only a small example of God's protection for us, His created beings.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of you head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).

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