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Tuesday, February 8

February 8, 2011 (39/365)


So much bad news on the news channels this morning. A local 18 year old was killed in an auto crash this past weekend. A student at my school came home to find his house on fire last week.
It really can bring you down and start to worry. This morning I woke to this song in my head.

It was a favorite song from my growing up years. Mom sang it and taught it to my sisters and me. We sang it together.

Here are the lyrics:

  1. Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
    Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
    When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
    • Refrain:
      I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
      For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
  2. “Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
    And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
    Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
  3. Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
    When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
    I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


I researched and found that originally the lyrics were written by Civilla Martin. Here is a story behind the song on Wikipedia (HERE).

Here is a part of the story that touched me this morning:

Civilla Martin, who wrote the lyrics, said this about her inspiration to write the song based in the scriptures outlined above,

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

4 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Valerie, That was my Mom's favorite hymn--and I have sung it many, many times. I did not know its history.. SO interesting...

I wish my inlaws were more like the Doolittles. My inlaws are angry and hating the fact that they are getting old and blind. Please pray for them.

Hugs,
Betsy

Lisa said...

I love this song, thanks for sharing this today.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I have known that song for a ;opng time,but had no idea how it came about.I guess we all have something to be thankful for.
Ruth

LDH said...

Oh to keep that mindset throughout each day! Very sweet photo!