The other week I saw a male house sparrow bathing in a puddle that was on the part of a greenway that runs along the Hudson River.
Upon my seeing the little creature I instantly thought of Henry David Thoreau's quote which was in response to how he felt when this bird type was visiting his property.
He is known to have said “I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.”
In in a number of versions of the New Testament, the writers speak very differently about this bird type as evidenced in the italicized excerpts below:
"Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
As you can see each version is saying that humans are much better or more important than sparrows. I beg to disagree. Sparrows are part of creation and all living beings are AS important an another not MORE important. That fact dear reader, is this week's Wednesday's Wisdom!
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