All Souls

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God

Since we (someone) took down the old, broken, indecorative shutters from around the church office windows, the sparrows have been making hay. They crowd the nooks and crannies of the exposed brickwork, finding all kinds. Almost tenderly, they retrieve any sign of life or organic matter left behind.

because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them

Nothing escapes the attention of their inquisitive and thorough beaks. Nothing extraneous will be left unconsumed. Between them, they are cleaning up. 

Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect

When their day comes, each sparrow in turn will fall, and none will escape the interested eye or compassion of their Creator.

The readings for All Souls: All the Faithful Departed include Wisdom 3:1-9, but not Matthew 10:29

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