“Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” – Luke 12:6-7
(based on John Stott’s The Birds Our Teachers, The Value of Sparrows: Self-Esteem)
A poor reputation. Often regarded as useless and disposable. Possibly the commonest and most widely distributed of all land birds.
They eat anything, and nest everywhere. From a hole in the wall of the grandest palace, to the humblest of branches on a gentle tree.
So terribly insignificant.
So ordinary, as to fade into the background.
They have been described through the centuries by some as ‘destructive’, ‘notes grating to the ear’, ‘disgusting’, ‘nuisance’ and ‘eyesores’. Lacking the striking plumage of some birds, and the melodious song of others. As a token compliment: “It is a bird; and being a bird it has feathers, and having feathers it has not been able to avoid a certain degree of beauty.” (The Charm of Birds, 1927)
So unappreciated and unloved.
So unwelcomed even.
What can 2 cents buy? Such little value man places on their lives… Two for 1 cent, five for 2 – bulk discount to boot! The cheapest of all birds sold in the market.
Or so it seems.