A Donkey

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.” Matthew 2:13

Africans love drama. The children in the Good News Club wanted to act out Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ. 

Each of the children brought the props they had at home including goats and sheep for the stable.  They thought Mary rode a donkey to Bethlehem but didn’t have one. The children didn’t look around and ask each other, “How will we get Mary to the stable without a donkey?” An older boy stepped forward and dropped to his hands and knees. Mary climbed onto his back, and he carried her across the courtyard, down into Bethlehem and into the manger. 

At the end of the play the shepherds, angels and wise men departed, Joseph and Mary, holding baby Jesus, were left alone in the manger. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up. Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.” Matthew 2:13

And again without any prompting another boy came forward. He dropped to his hands and knees to be the donkey,  but there wasn’t any in the original story. Mary took baby Jesus and tied him to her back African-style. Then she climbed onto the back of the boy playing the donkey. 

The momentum of the drama never stopped. No one asked, “how will baby Jesus escape to safety or where will we find a donkey to carry the mother and child?” The children just did what needed to be done to get the family where they needed to be.

Perhaps, God wants us to do a job. Instead we’re looking at those around us and asking how it’s going to be completed.  

Christ the Lord, our Savior is born. Let’s be the ones, the animals, the beasts of burden who carry the message of Christ down into the world. 



About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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