The following was forwarded to me from Windborn Church Worship Coordinator, Alan Wemple. It blessed me and I decided to share it with a broader audience.
While preparing for worship music this week I picked the popular hymn, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”, as one of our pieces. As I read through the story behind the song in Robert J. Morgan’s “Then Sings My Soul”, I got really blessed and want to pass the encouragement along to you. Here is an excerpt of the origin of the song from the lyricist, Civilla Durfee Martin, wife of evangelist Dr. Walter Martin:
“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.”
My prayer for all of us is that we will realize and appreciate His care for us!