This touching story was shared by “TRUTH BOOK” without mentioning the contributor’s name. It shows us that all creatures show their feelings in their own way; feelings evidently are not exclusive to humans. Let this little fellow’s feelings for his soul mate touch your heart as it did mine.

A male barn swallow’s female mate is injured and the condition is soon fatal. She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road. She looks around desperately to her mate.

Here he comes bringing her food and attending to her with love and compassion.

He comes back again to check on her and is shocked to find she has died. He tries to gently move her….a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

Realizing now that his sweetheart is gone and will never come back to him again, his heart cries with adoring love.

He stands beside her grieving because she’s gone, she meant everything to him.

Finally aware that she would never return to him, he stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow.

Supposedly, millions of people cried after watching this picture in America and Europe and even in Asia. It is said that the photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France. All copies of that newspaper were sold out on the day these pictures were published.

And many people think animals don’t have a brain or feelings…Is it possible that some do? You have just witnessed a scene of Love and Sorrow felt by God’s creatures. Listen to what Jesus said about how much God cares for you. “Don’t be afraid of certain people. They can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is God, the One who can destroy the body and send the soul to hell. When birds are sold, two small sparrows only cost one copper penny. But not even one of those precious little birds can fall without your heavenly Father knowing it.1

So we should live with what God gives us, love generously with what we have, care deeply and speak kindly to those who need comforting. That is God’s way of reaching down to care for His own, and humanity’s way of reaching up by faith to hold His hand. So if God cares enough to see when a sparrow falls, certainly He cares if He sees you fall? As someone once said, the mind asks is there anything more important than knowledge? The soul answers back, caring and seeing with the heart. So why is it then that those creatures God created in His own image seem to care less about each other than does the small barn swallow? It all starts in the heart so it can be transferred to the mind and then shared in love.

As I began to read this touching story, my mind immediately back to a song by Frank E. Gräff wrote I used to sing that expresses our Lord’s tender loving care.

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow the whole night long?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

So as you look at these picture of these two precious little barn sparrows, remember that if God is compassionate enough about His creation to look after them, don’t you think He cares enough to look after you? – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1Matthew 10:28-29

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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