Monday March 27th Matthew 21 : 1-3
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me". If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.
An old donkey ruminates.
I am retired now, past carrying heavy loads, so I spend time pondering difficult questions. You know — why does the donkey in the next stall get more and better hay than me? The youngsters call me a silly old human.
Sometimes I think about my earliest experience of a rider. Some men came to my master and said,' the master had need of me' and he let them lead me away, to where another man was waiting.
This man got on my back, and ,while I didn't know then what weight was, it did seem to me that he was heavy, and that I was carrying the whole world on my back.
We set off. Jerusalem was crowded, one of their many festivals. Forgotten which one, there as so many! Crowds starting singing and chanting, 'here comes the King' waving their palm branches and throwing cloaks in front to me.
Well I thought, this is an odd carry on! Surely, if he's a King, he should be riding one of those horses in the barracks. Then I thought no, those highly-strung animals would be spooked, start prancing and have the poor man on the ground.
No, he was better off with me, steady, and sure footed, especially with the roads being in the state they were, and still are.
The ride ended when we reached a house.
After that, things go hazy, the other donkeys told me there was more uproar than usual in Jerusalem, but what about they didn't know.
I began my working life, and soon learnt what loads were. Some masters were kind, others cruel. But I've never forgotten that first rider, and I am certain that he would have been a good master.
He would always have something good about him, an extra carrot maybe, or fresh hay!
And I always remember those words 'the master has need of me', and I know for certain that I was important, because I was wanted.
Lord God, thank you for Jesus, who showed how much you loved us, and wanted us.
Heather Garbutt Allhallowgate, Ripon