It seems to be part of human nature to fear the unknown. As a child, it might have been darkness; as an adult it may be any unfamiliar event or task that is in our future. Jesus addresses the Twelve as a parent might console a child. He encourages his followers to put their trust in his word and in his friendship for them. He assures them that the Father’s love is as tender as that for a sparrow, and as deliberate as knowing the number of hairs on their head. Strange comparisons, but we are that precious in the sight of God.