Painting by Abraham Hunter –

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

{ SONday Song and Smile ]


I sing because I'm happy.
I sing because I'm free.
His eye is on the sparrow.
And I know He watches me.

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.
 ~~~~ Civilla Martin~~~~

Breathing in Grace,



8 comments:

  1. A beautiful couple with hopeful spirits.

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  2. Amen, amen! Praise the Lord for that. Happy Lord's Day to you!

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  3. Beautiful, Deb!!!! Amen...

    And I'll refrain from comment about Elmira, lol. Just not my kind of town...although all the restaurants are there...and the mall. giggling---it is an hour drive for us to even eat out or see a doctor...

    Have a beautiful day, friend.

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  4. I have always loved that song! I remember hearing Ethel Waters sing it many years ago and it brought goosebumps. What a wealth of life experience and wisdom we can gain from those who live their faith!

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  5. A great song and promise!

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  6. I love that hymn! Thanks so much for sharing its history with us, Deb.

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  7. Loved that story and He does watch over us! ((hugs))

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  8. A good thing to remember these days.

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Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24