Donkeys. There are a few donkeys that always come to mind when I think of donkeys. Both fictional. There's the one nearly everyone knows, Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh. The grumpiest donkey that everyone loves. Then there's the donkey from the movie "Shrek" who makes everyone laugh. Then there's Esmerelda. Esmerelda was the nearly life-size donkey that lived in a closet at our church and visited every year the first Sunday after Easter. Her job was to collect the mite boxes from the Sunday school kids. All of us loved Esmerelda. Her mysteriously miked-in voice explained how the money saved in our mite boxes would help other children by funding mission work halfway across the globe.
But most donkeys aren't so fondly thought of. They are generally work creatures that are humbled and mocked, beaten for being “stubborn,” and forced to carry burdens, but loyal to their masters.Read More
The relationship between God and a human being is unique, and describing it or making analogies can be tricky. After all, it is essentially unlike any other relationship we have with anyone or anything else. Over the last few years, I’ve found something that unexpectedly offers some insights into the human/God relationship: I’ve been studying birds of prey, and the falconers who work with them.Read More
As a chronically ill person, I nap. I nap a lot. For some that may sound dreamy, but it can be really annoying sometimes too. Just because I’m so tired I can’t continue to function through the rest of the day without a nap doesn’t mean the world stopped to wait for me to wake up. The dishes and laundry and never-ending to-do list are still there.Read More