Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31 So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10: 29-31.
This past week, I gave you an assignment to set aside some time with God and complete a life-giving exercise. Find a quiet spot in your home, on your deck or on the greenway, and reflect on all the things God has done for you. Make a list of all the little and big ways that God has blessed and provided for you and your family. This exercise opens our eyes to God’s care and cultivates a grateful heart. Pastor George MacDonald wrote, “But we who are born again (in Christ), must wake our souls unnumbered times a day.” So often we walk through life with our eyes closed to loving God’s presence, robbing ourselves of the peace and purpose this truth brings.
This week, the sermon will explore the value of all lives in the eyes of God. Jesus encourages us to realize that even the smallest of creatures, the sparrows of the air, are not beneath the attention and care of God. This is a hopeful truth that leads us to see our lives and the lives of our neighbors in a whole new light.
I encourage you to complete the exercise before Sunday. May it open your eyes. As the prophet Isaiah said, “Sleeper awake, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.”
See you Sunday, -Chad