Cup & Sparrow?

My mornings usually involve sipping a cup of coffee or tea and observing the birds gathered around the backyard feeder. It’s a comforting and thought-provoking combination.

Watching my winged visitors, I’m frequently reminded of the Lord Jesus Christ’s assuring words: “…not one [sparrow] falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:29-31). Even common birds illustrate the Heavenly Father’s detailed care for those who trust and follow Jesus in the work of His sovereign kingdom. If you’re a Christian (and even if you’re not), that’s a truth to ponder as you start your day.

Cup & Sparrow chronicles my musings as a Christian and a pastor. It’s an invitation to join me as I consider life in light of the eternal truth God reveals in Christ. So, here you’ll find my commentary on Scripture, some devotional and personal thoughts to consider, and original photos of God’s creation, which I hope will inspire a reverence for our Creator. And, of course, I’ll occasionally share my shameless affection for birds and the warm beverages that fill my morning cup.

I hope you’ll visit often.

~ Rick ~

Richard (Rick) E. Clayton, Jr. is an ordained minister of the Gospel and a native of Stanly County, NC, where he’s filled various pastoral roles in local churches for over twenty-five years. He and his wife, Donna, have three adult children and currently reside in Richfield, NC; they’re active members of Second Street Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Albemarle, NC. Rick writes for, manages Long Creek Inn, and is available as a guest speaker in area churches.