Posts tagged ‘sparrow’
Despite everything, life is full of beauty and meaning.
– Etty Hillesum, Letters from Westerbork
If Etty Hillesum could write this with all she endured, we too can be women and men of hope, like this sparrow hanging upside down from tender branch in the dead of winter. In 1943 when Etty and her family were placed on a train bound for Auschwitz, she tossed out window a postcard that read, “We have left the camp singing.” She was executed in Auschwitz on November 30, at the age of twenty-nine.
It was a chilly, overcast day when the horseman spied the little sparrow lying on its back in the middle of the road. Reining in his mount, he looked down and inquired of the fragile creature, “Why are you lying upside down like that?”
“I heard the heavens are going to fall today,” replied the bird.
The horseman laughed. “And I suppose your spindly legs can hold up the heavens?”
“One does what one can,” said the little sparrow.
– Source unknown