A friend sent me a special picture this morning, a beautiful, miniature donkey. She must have sensed that I have always loved these little beings.
I would visit them when I walked the zoo as a docent and could hear their loud braying all the way across the grounds.
There is a special legend concerning them… donkeys bear a distinctive cross upon their backs…..
It makes them even more endearing to me.
According to Christianity, it was the donkey who carried Mary and baby Jesus on his back in to Jerusalem.
When Jesus was crucified, this little soul was so heartbroken; he chose to carry the sadness upon his back.
Legend tells how the donkey went to visit Jesus on the cross, but was chased away. After the crowds dispersed, he came back.
Standing at the foot of the cross…..
the shadow of the wooden beams fell upon his back. Forever more, the little being would carry his sadness for Jesus for the world to see with a cross upon his back.
These beings have suffered the abuse and cruelty of mankind; bearing massive burdens on their backs, to the point of death.
How touching that they carry the mark of one who did the same.
Thank you, Lucy, for sending me his little picture this morning.