How a Sparrow Caused a Mini-Revival

Sparrow

St. Helens Parish ChurchIn 1979 there was a sparrow that somehow got into the rafters of St. Helen’s Parish Church in the English town of Brant Broughton. At the time, they were recording a guitar recital for later broadcast on the radio. The chirping bird didn’t exactly chirp with the beat. So the pastor, Rev. Robin Clark, (I’m not making up that first name) asked the congregation to leave and then asked a friend to bring his pellet gun over to the church in order to have the offending sparrow shot.
 
The killing of the sparrow became front-page news. The “London Daily Telegraph” ran a headline that said, “Rev. Robin Orders Death of Sparrow.” Editorials and letters to the editor flowed, chastising the cruel and unusual Sparrow on Ledgepunishment for this lowly bird. People who hadn’t darkened the door of a church in decades suddenly remembered Psalm 84:3 in which it is declared that even sparrows are welcome in the house of the Lord.
 
Once again there is evidence that there are no empty moments in the Lord. God used this small sparrow to awaken the minds and souls of people to remember the truth of His word. This little sparrow caused a mini revival. Its fall to the earth caused some to finally look up.
 

Dog and Goose : Unlikely Friends

Dog and Goose

Goose and DogGeraldine, a rescued goose has become best friends with Rex, a German Shepherd Dog with a troubled past. Geraldine, was introduced to Rex shortly after she arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue. It was a huge surprise to the refuge’s manager when the pair developed an unlikely friendship.
 
rex and geradine“At first we thought he [Rex] was chasing her [Geraldine] and they were fighting about who was boss, but she stood up for herself and that was that, they just fell for each other,” Sheila Brislin, who runs the shelter in Somerset, England, said of the dog and goose’s first encounter.
 
The 11-year-old Rex arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue eight years ago after he was rescued from a junkyard where he was tethered on a chain. He hadrex and the goose bitten the workers at his previous shelter and required two people to feed him safely. At the time, he was considered too dangerous and was scheduled to be put down, but instead he was saved and sent to Puriton.
 
Soon after Geraldine arrived, Rex calmed down dramatically reports the Mirror UK. Now the friends spend all day with one another. Rex often affectionately gives Geraldine licks and kisses, and Geraldine snuggles next to him.

German Shepard and Goose
Goose and German Shepard

Sheila says that she’s been rescuing animals for 16 years and has never seen dog and goose anything like their unusual friendship. “They snuggle down together and Rex puts his leg over her to protect her. In the morning they have breakfast together. It’s really sweet to see them.”
 
This is a reminder that we all have a part to play in each other’s healing. It takes loving patience that is willing to stand strong against rejection. Proverbs 17:17 states, “ A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” A true friend doesn’t walk away from those in need.