Does the Sparrow Worship You?


Does the sparrow worship you?

When making a nest in some hidden place

When laying a clutch

When anticipating the hatch

When feeding the insatiable

When watching them fledge;

Does the sparrow worship you?


Does the nuthatch trill to you?

Does the northern finch chant to you?

Does the chickadee twitter with you in mind?

Does the robin chirp and peep to you?

Does the ruby throated hummingbird hum her hymns to you?

Does the goldfinch plumage glorify you?

Tell me again, does the sparrow worship you?


Do they join in all creation to praise you –

Exuberant in their veneration?

Do they adore you with abandon?

Do they cherish you like a child?

Do they thank you profusely?

Do they receive you jubilantly?


Tell me again, does the sparrow worship you?

You who made each rachis and barb,

and imagined each feather and plume;

You who made the morning stars sing together,*

and the seas resound, and the fields exalt;**

You in whose presence is unspeakable joy,***

tell me again, is this what You made us for?

* Job 38:7  ** Psalm 96:11, 12  *** Psalm 16:11

Spring erupted as it usually does with life and the return of song birds and blossoms.  Our bird houses were fully occupied while seasonal visitors filled the airwaves with song, and beckoned us to join them in adoration of the One who made us for Himself. I suspect it takes Spring to energize us to keep worshipping throughout each season, though each season has all it needs to nourish our adoration of the One who loves us.

The Psalmist recognizes the congruity of the humble sparrow finding a home in the holy temple of the Lord:

Even the sparrow has found a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
    Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
    they are ever praising you.

May we be found, like the sparrow, worshipping the Creator God.

For more, see “Sparrow Symbolism & Meaning“.


About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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1 Response to Does the Sparrow Worship You?

  1. Lesley says:

    This beautiful poem reminds me, and makes me happy because of it, that we are all one in the ‘unspeakable joy’ that is God.

    Liked by 1 person

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