Thank You God, for the Donkey

Through this series of blogs, author Amy Parker is going to take us character by character through the Christmas story, highlighting the roles each of them played in bringing us the greatest Christmas Gift of all.

Thank You for the donkey
That helped them all to leave
And got Mary to Bethlehem
In time for Christmas Eve!

Thank You for the donkey,
Your precious Christmas gift.
—A Christmas Prayer

“Thank You for the donkey.” That always gets a giggle out of the kids.

I’ll ask them, “How many of you have a donkey on your Christmas list?” There’s always one who
raises his hand. (And I’m saying “his” because it’s usually a boy with a wry, little grin.) I then ask
them, “How many of you have ever said thank you for the donkey?”

I mean, why would you? He’s just an extra in the Christmas story. Donkeys, in general, are
a goofy version of the majestic horse. They have huge, bucked teeth, and they even make a
ridiculous sound, hee-haw!

But for some reason, God chose the donkey as the star of several of his stories. A donkey spoke
to His prophet, Balaam. A donkey carried Jesus into Jerusalem on that fateful Palm Sunday. And
a donkey God’s unborn Son and Mary all the way to Bethlehem.

Can you imagine if a very pregnant Mary had to walk all the way to Bethlehem? (I’m guessing
Christmas would have come a couple of days earlier if she had.)

The donkey is our sweet, unsung, unsuspecting hero. It humbly carries its load without
complaint and without thanks.

And that’s all the more reason to say, “Thank You for the donkey.”

I know Mary did.

What unsung heroes should you thank God for today?

Be sure to check out Amy Parker’s new book, A Christmas Prayer, this holiday season. Also, check out her other titles from Tommy Nelson!