Cowered

By: snowgood

Jan 10 2013

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Category: Belief, birds, Christianity, Church, Faith, Fear, Hope, Photography

1 Comment

Aperture:f/6.3
Focal Length:135mm
ISO:200
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

I lied.

There are more photos from my holiday that I want to share with you.

Reading Luke’s Gospel today I came across a we known passage.

“I tell you my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that can do no more.

But I will show you who you should fear: Fear Him who after killing the body, has the power to throw it into hell.

 Yes, I tell you fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?

 Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  

Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  

Don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 12: 4-7 

Looking back to my photo from Macau I see a scared sparrow.  Most of these little birds were fairly fearless, joining us in restaurants on the Hong Kong Peak, and playing at our feet at tourist attractions.  This one bird cowered in the hedge.

As I read the parable of the Great Banquet further on in Luke this morning, what did I find?

When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

and you will be blessed because they cannot repay you.

Luke 14: 13-14

and

“Sir, what you commanded has been done, yet there is room.”

And the master said to the servant,”Go out to the highways and the hedges

and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.”

Luke 14: 22-23

The photo and these passages seem to compliment each other.

Who do we fear?

Does the Church truly fear God, or is it scared of her surroundings?

Has she looked too closely at her own situation, and forgotten the needy in the margins?

One comment on “Cowered”

  1. The ‘highways and the hedges’ are filled with opportunities. We need to pray that our eyes will be opened and that we will be obedient to Holy Spirit’s leading to reach out to those in need of the Good News of the Gospel.


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