God's "eye is on the sparrow"

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

One late spring morning I was home with my 3 1/2 year old daughter, who was playing in the yard just outside. I was sitting in the living room reading the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson when she came through the front door and handed me a badly wounded sparrow she’d found. Without a word she turned and went out again to play, leaving with that childlike “Dad, take care of this” trust and expectancy. The sparrow was bleeding, and a large feather fell out in my hand.

I sat down on the floor with the sparrow cupped in my hands. As I did so, it stopped moving, with eyes fixed and beak open. I closed my eyes in prayer, along the line of thought described on pages 476–477 of Science and Health—”Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man ... and this correct view of man healed the sick”—knowing that the same divine Principle that governs man governs all of God’s ideas. I declared the truth that the sparrow was the perfect creation of God, whose life could not be destroyed—made to fly, sing, and be free.

Suddenly, though at that time I didn’t fully comprehend what was happening, I sensed that my surroundings were enveloped in light, “above the brightness of the sun” (see Acts 26:13). With that, all negative thoughts were excluded from my consciousness, and I felt only God’s loving presence and power. I don’t know how long this lasted, but it was only a short time.

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