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“Tweet Tweet” of the Sparrow

*guest post by Ada Brownell

I’ve had an electric piano for several years and the other day I noticed a setting that said, “Bird.”

I decided to use it.  For years I’d played “His Eye is on the Sparrow” on the spinet piano and tried to tickle the keys occasionally so they’d sound like a bird singing.

So with my keyboard layered on settings of “orchestra,” “electric bass,” and “bird,” my fingers played my arrangement.  “Tweet-tweet” kept interrupting with a joyful sound as the words of the verse and chorus ran through my mind while I played.

A couple of days later at a women’s Bible study, a prayer request was made for children who fear the ever-present dangers of war. I related my story of the “Tweet-Tweet” song.  They laughed with me about my silly musical arrangement.  But as we discussed God’s watchful loving care and made other requests, we were reminded of the message in “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”  One woman in our group was facing a breast cancer biopsy.

Civilla D. Martin wrote the words to “His Eye is on the Sparrow” after traveling in 1905 to Elmira, New York, where she and her husband met Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle. Civilla thought the Doolittles were saints. Despite Mrs. Doolittle being an invalid for nearly twenty years, and her husband  in a wheel chair, the couple radiated with joy. They inspired everyone around them.

One day Civilla’s husband asked them for the source of their upbeat, positive attitudes. Mrs. Doolittle replied, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

The phrase stuck in Civilla’s mind. She put pen to paper and the song was born with the help of Charles H. Gabriel, who composed the music.

The song asks, “Why should I feel discouraged?” and concludes with “I know He watches me.”

The song was taken from what Jesus said: “Fear not…. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?  And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:28-31).

What Jesus said can help anyone filled with fear – fear of war, fear for health, fear of the future, or any other kind of fear. The Lord not only sees us, but He loves us, hears us and is with us wherever we go.


ADA BROWNELL spent 17 years as a newspaper reporter (the last seven years on the medical beat), mostly at The Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, CO.  She has sold approximately 275 articles and fiction stories to 40 Christian publications and did one story on assignment for US Magazine. Her book Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal is available at

The Kindle version is


Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal

Do you know physical evidence shows you are more than a physical body? An award-winning medical and religion writer, Ada Brownell, after the death of her daughter, sought to verify if she believed in eternal life. This book shows why she has this hope, not only from a Christian point of view, but because of physical evidence. This book will help you discover if you believe and how to prepare.



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One response »

  1. Thank you – this writer and reader was blessed by your words today. ; )


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