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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday's Gift

Here a female mate is injured and the condition is soon fatal. She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.

Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.

He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead.

He tried to move her ... a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again, He cries with adoring love.

He stood beside her, saddened of her death.
Finally aware she would never return to him, he stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow.

Millions of people cried after seeing these photos in America, Europe, Australia, and even India.

The photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most famous newspaper in France. All copies of that edition were sold out on the day these pictures were published.

And many people think animals don't have brains or feelings?

You have just witnessed Love and Sorrow felt by God's creatures.

The Bible says God knows when a sparrow falls. How much more He cares for us.

Live simply, love generously, care deeply and speak kindly.

Grace is God reaching down
Faith is man reaching up!

This was from my friend Jean and I thought it was so pretty and so moving - especially to think that if God cares about the sparrow - think how much more he thinks about us.


Men try to fix problems with duct tape. God did it with nails.

Happy Birthday Yul Brenner - Wikipedia -

Brynner died of lung cancer on October 10, 1985 in New York City, the same day as Orson Welles. He was 65.

Knowing he was dying of cancer, Brynner starred in a run of farewell performances of his most famous role, The King and I, on Broadway from January 7 to June 30, 1985, with Mary Beth Peil.

Throughout his life, Brynner was often seen with a cigarette in his hand. In January 1985, nine months before his death, he gave an interview on Good Morning America, expressing his desire to make an anti-smoking commercial.

A clip from that interview was made into just such a public service announcement by the American Cancer Society, and released after his death; it includes the warning "Now that I'm gone, I tell you, don't smoke. Whatever you do, just don't smoke.

If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking about any cancer. I'm convinced of that." This advertisement is now featured in the Body Worlds exhibition.

Thank you Yul Brenner . . .

PS I am late on reading blogs - but I will read them! I've had company. Thanks.


Susan said...

Awesome post, Sandie. Wow, that was a heartbreaker. Thanks for sharing. Susan

Life is good! said...

i saw a female duck dead in the road a few blocks from my home a few weeks ago. the male duck kept lifting up her head, it was so sad. finally someone removed the dead duck. the image has gone through my mind many times since. sooo sweet, sooo sad!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This was so sad but also such a testament to love. Animals love and no can convince me otherwise! This was beautiful and your thoughts on it so sweet. Happy Sunday my friend!

Mevely317 said...

I'm soooo saddened by this! Why is it, do ya suppose, stories such as these grab at my heartstrings (sometimes) more deeply than news reports of human suffering.
Like that great Carpenter's song --"Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no voice ..."

Jojo said...

Incredible pictures and fantastic post Sandie!

That corgi :) said...

wow, I hadn't seen these pictures before, so touching too with the analogy with how God watches over the sparrow and how he watches over us too (even our hairs are numbered, isn't that amazing??)

very touching entry Sandie; thanks for sharing it :)


Good to be a Queen said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sandie Sweetie...
Oh my gosh these photos are so stunning. I had not heard of this story and I thank you so much for sharing today. A true testament of love, just like our Father has for each of us.

You have so touched my heart. Hope your day is a beautiful one.

Country hugs and so much love, Sherry

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, my goodness, that just breaks my heart, Sandie. We witnessed a similar event one day with a young squirrel who had fallen from the tree... the mom trying to save it... crying the most heartwrenching cry when she could not... It cannot be denied that they have emotions, too. God bless.

Melanie said...

Those pictures were so sad, Sandie. Of course animals have brains and feelings!!

Donna B said...

Oh my...that made me cry. What a beautiful, beautiful post.

Katie said...

Awww! That's so sweet and sad!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am in tears. That is so bittersweet.



Joyce said...

Soul mates forever! Touching photos.

Angela said...

What a heartwarming story! It is so sweet and sad at the same time.

Have a Great Day!

My Grama's Soul said...

What a beautiful post Sandie. I have a lump in my throat. Beautiful, just beautiful.


Annesphamily said...

Always an awesome post! I loved these birds. What true love huh?
Yul Brynner was an incredible actor. I wish those ads for not smoking had more impact on people, it was sad how he died. Thanks for sharing. Anne

Tweedles -- that's me said...

There are no words to describe this heart ache.
But why- why must animals feel this heart wrenching sadness? Sometimes I wonder why the innocent who have never harmed anyone must suffer.
I know it is a beautiful story of love- but it made something in my heart say- why?

BECKY said...

Thanks, Sandie! So sad and sweet, the little sparrows! And I really enjoy your birthday info, too! Don't worry about being behind in your blog reading! I am, too! I think it just kind of happens in the summer, when we're all busy with different things! Have a great week!

Dogmom Diva said...

Oh Sandie, that was heartwrenching..I know animals have could they not..anyone who says they don't does not have a soul.

hugs Barb

Mollye said...

Hi girly, the sparrow story is indeed poignant and the saddest part is that it will affect way more people than take the time to look at human tragedy in the same vein. Many times people feel they are just too busy or that they are only one and they can do nothing by themselves. XXHugs, Mollye