Friday, August 05, 2011
By the way - the dog was being very naughty - and the owner was negligent as there were warning signs nearby. The bird was no ordinary one either - it was a young Oyster Catcher. So, the plot thickens. The headline didn't quite say it all - but it still brings a smile to my lips when I remember that there are places where even the murder of human beings hardly makes news.
And then I thought about a headline from two millennia ago. 'Sale Price of Sparrows Hits an All Time Low - Two Sold for a Penny'. Nothing unusual there you might say. But it's the next bit that grabbed my attention. 'Yet not one of them falls to the ground without God knowing it - and allowing it' (my paraphrase of Matthew 10:29). So maybe the headline writer at BBC Guernsey was right. It is news that a small bird was killed on the beach near here, at least to Almighty God!
When I think about that I take heart. For the very same passage in the Gospel goes on to say that even the very hairs on my head are numbered - and that in God's eyes I am of more value than many sparrows. And so are you. And yes - I will keep my dog on a leash when there are birds about - you never know Who is watching!