Tuesday 6 December 2011

Little Donkey (Advent 7)

If you don't get this read on...

You have 80 miles to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, your wife is heavily pregnant so she can't walk it, you can probably afford an animal to take with you - so why would you select a Little Donkey.

There I've explained todays advent cartoon for you - the only other clue I could have given would be to sing the lyrics of Eric Boswell's song 'Little Donkey, Little Donkey on the dusty road.  Got to keep on plodding onward with your precious load...'

Eric Boswell died in 2009 and was remembered for this catchy song which was all in one octave and easy to sing for children but perhaps overshadowed all his other work (see BBC obituary).

I just can't help thinking that he's not doing Joseph any favours in saying that he couldn't pick a suitable animal for his wife, and anyway there isn't an mention in the Bible that there even was a donkey (if you don't believe me see bibledonkey.com's discussion of every donkey reference in scripture) although it isn't beyond the realms of possibility.

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