Thursday, October 12, 2006

Fighting together

A new friend sent this little parable to me earlier this week, thought you'd enjoy it:

Two Horses
--Author unknown

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse you will discover that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray.

When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell. Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see. Good friends are like this. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there Please listen for my bell . . . and I'll listen for yours.

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."


In researching this story on the Web, I came across this incredible slideshow about those serving in the military on a site dedicated to the Marines. It's very moving, keep your hankies handy.

It ties in for me to that quote at the end of the parable, about everyone fighting some kind of battle. Although we can't fight their battles for them, we can be companions on the journey. We can appreciate the strength they're showing as they fight, and can encourage them to keep fighting.

I also believe that we all have the mightiest Soldier, the most righteous General, divine Love, right by our side, fighting with us. The enemy is never another of His children, but fear, anger, hate. We fight these within ourselves, with the angel of God beside us.

Keep fighting. God is with you.


I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

--II Timothy

If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith," because you are a better man.

--Science and Health

The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

--Exodus


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1 Comments:

At 3/07/2007 05:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see this is an older post, but it speaks volumes about kindness. thanks for including it.
sandi

 

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