Lent Meditation

Home » News » Lent Meditation

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

You may also be interested in

Candles
Webteam: Thu 09 Jul 10:13am

We have started a prayer page! Included are some prayer videos, some helpful documents of ways to pray and links to other websites you may find helpful...https://www.riponlowerdalesmethodists.org.uk/resources-during-physical-distancing/prayer.html.11(Find it...

Cherry Blossom
Webteam: Wed 08 Jul 1:21pm

Catherine has been inspired to write another poem and is happy for us to share it. We are blessed by your poetry...

RLD logo with orb
Webteam: Thu 25 Jun

Extra, ExtraRead all about it! Take a look at the Circuit Newsletter[ The Herald. ...

Calendar

News stories

Candles
Prayer Page
Webteam: Thu 09 Jul 10:13am
Cherry Blossom
His everlasting arms
Webteam: Wed 08 Jul 1:21pm
RLD logo with orb
Good News!
Webteam: Thu 25 Jun
RLD logo with orb
Prayer Space June 2020
Webteam: Wed 17 Jun 6:42pm

Publications

District Letter
PDF file
Herald 10
PDF file
W@H 12-5-20
PDF file
W@H 12-7-20
PDF file

© 2013 - 2020 Ripon and Lower Dales

resourcing church and community