Sadie, the main character of A Nest for the Savior, was originally a field mouse in the first few versions of the story. I started writing the story late one night after my children had gone to bed, probably because I was listening to Christmas music, like I do throughout the year. Yes, I am that crazy Christmas music lady.
As the story came together, piece by piece, I wanted to feature an animal mentioned in the Bible. I don’t know where the idea of a sparrow came from originally. But, once a sparrow flew into my mind, I saw Matthew 10:29-31 everywhere I went:
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.…”
Our illustrator, Deja Sessa (@deesessart), brought this late-night idea to life so beautifully. Here’s a video of how her illustrations of Sadie evolved over time. Enjoy!
The BestNester created A Nest for the Savior to show kids how Christmas connects with the Cross.