Abandoned farm in Palouse wheat country (Jeff King photography)

A soft breeze whispers through the Palouse wheatlands of Washington state. It is joined by the lullaby of a single songbird, perched in a tree at this abandoned farm. As I listen I think of a passage from the Gospel of Matthew, how a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without God knowing it. I believe Jesus sees the bird, and me standing near the scraggly tree with my film gear. The concert lasts a minute. I won’t forget it.

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:29-31


Written by Jeff King

Jeff is a newspaper journalist in the United States and follower of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth

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