Will You Be a Donkey Too?

Will You Be a Donkey Too?

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.

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Love God like a Falcon

Love God like a Falcon

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.

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Carrying a Prayer

Carrying a Prayer

When my daughter was born my church was having a small baby boom: three births within six weeks or so. Every Sunday after service people were available to pray for anyone who wanted it, and when my daughter was a few months old, I was in the prayer line next to one of the other new moms. Both our babies were sick, and we were bringing them up for prayers, blessings, maybe some moral support. The prayer team prayed for the other baby first, and one of the women laid her hand on the little girl and said, “Faith. That’s what I sense for her: she will be a person of strong faith.” When it was my daughter’s turn, the same woman said, “Strength. That’s what I hear God saying for her.”

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