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The horse and the donkey

A horse and a donkey stood in a field one day,

one eating grass, the other eating hay.

The horse, he was handsome, strong and so proud,

each Saturday, he ran races to the applause of the crowd.

The donkey wasy quiet, his life more routine,

his mane never brushed, his coat not pristine.

Now donkeys are known to have a stubborn streak,

being slower to think and not too quick on their feet.

The horse thought this meant that they were stupid and dumb,

and that his could win an argument and outwit his chumb.

So as they stood talking beneath the bright starry sky,

the horse asked a question he thought to be sly.

If God made all creatures that you ever did see,

why make a donkey when He's already made me.


It's true what you say about horses being grand,

ridden by kings and queens to the playing of the band.

But only a donkey was chosen by God

to carry poor Mary across desert and sod.

And again was a donkey proud to be least,

when carrying the Saviour to the Passover feast.

So don't boast too loudly about your appearance and fame,

good looks count for nothing, if God chooes us plain!


Andrew Edwards


In the modern world, appearance seems to count for everything. This is not the case, fortunately, with God. There is an interesting story in the Old Testament, (1 Samuel 16:1-13)  where the prophet Samuel is searching for the king who will replace Saul. Samuel is directed by God to the family of Jesse, believing that God's choice of a future king is to be found from amongst his sons. Samuel looks at all seven of them. Eliab looked especially promising, but he was not God's choice. In case Samuel should be confused, God spoke to him. "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."  And so, the youngest son, David, would become king. For he was the LORD's choice.

In the gospels we see how Jesus welcomed the many who were of no account to anyone else. Often they were the outcasts, those of no repute or status. He loved them because of who they were, not what they were... people made in God's image, people that he came to rescue and to save. That is the great message of the gospel. God has no favourites. Everyone matters to Him.