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Week 5 – Friday

One family in Christ...for all the family: Loving, Serving, Growing

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts … 

Reading

Psalm 84.1-4
To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house,
    ever singing your praise.     Selah

Reflection

The tree sparrow population in the UK has declined by 95% since 1970, in large part because of the loss of habitats due to urban development. As we have increased our building of homes for people, we have reduced habitats for birds.

The psalmist describes sparrows nesting in the Temple, much as bats live in many churches today. Jesus taught that God notices and cares when a sparrow falls to ground, despite them being small, common and “two a penny” (Luke 12.6-7).

Action

Can you create or restore a habitat for birds in your garden – or in your local churchyard or other community space?

Prayer

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895)

Family Challenge

Feed the birds
Jesus tells us that God not only cares about every person but even the smallest sparrow. Can you put out some food and water for the birds today?

Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.

Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.