Well done Mr President! Salutations to you. You have chosen the most important date to have the South African elections! We are ever so impressed with you. The eighth May in every year is known universally as World Donkey Day! As the fortunate herd of six donkeys living within the African Blessings Sanctuary, we are really not quite sure what the humans are voting for. We hear with our listening ears and with our intelligent minds remember words like ‘democracy’ and ‘rights’ and ‘justice for all’. As we consider ourselves as part of the ALL groupings, we simply expect that our rights and our value are included here. So! On this auspicious day, after we have had our faces washed, our coats brushed, our sleeping quarters serviced; we will all simultaneously bring forth a united braying voice that will resound across the land! If you the human race listen very attentively – you may just hear us. We will be cheering you on to go and vote and do the right thing.
Now, we understand that we, the donkey population, may not vote. Aah! Alas! It matters not. We don’t need to vote for righteousness, we are so very clever, we already know what that means. So, we got together and decided to share our great knowledge with you humans. Here’s what it means – short and sweet and to the point! Simply put it is this: “Do to others what you would like others to do to you.” That was not so hard, was it? You humans get it, right? We, the fabulous six at African Blessings totally get it and we say our donkey prayers daily that our other donkey population members will also get that they have a democratic right to receive according to the above-mentioned Words. We are sentient you see. Oh dear, we better explain that! It means that we feel what humans feel – happiness, cold, heat, hunger, pain, suffering, pleasure. The very clever humans say it like this: “capable of perception and feeling”. That is apparently what the Collins Dictionary says. We donkeys like to make it simply this: do what is right to one another and to us in the animal kingdom also!
After braying collectively on the eighth of May, we will graze peacefully and wait for our daily special visit when we have gentle words spoken to us and munch away at a carrot or two. But, we believe that on this most important day, we will get apples! That’s just the best.
We love to hear the special promise for donkeys in the Bible which we already know off by our donkey hearts. Would you like to hear it? We are so glad that you do! Here goes: “In that day your livestock will graze in large pastures, and the oxen and the donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork.” If you want to know where you can read this human and donkey dream, you can read it in the thirtieth chapter of the prophetic book of Isaiah.
We need to take excellent care of each other. It is what God Almighty wants from you humans and us: His creatures both great and small.
Sometimes our ears hang low, but just a few times, when we hear this – but they are just animals. When we hear such nonsense we know that those who speak them belong to the foolish human group. It was a donkey that carried the greatest leader who ever lived into God’s Holy City – Jerusalem. Yep! Not an elephant or lion or tiger – a donkey. A humble, peaceful donkey carried Him! What a day that was. We are told that on that day the people cheered and shouted a word: Hosannah! This means ‘save us now.’ Maybe our braying voice on World Donkey Day will also be – Save Us Now! On behalf of donkeys everywhere, that will be our united bray. It was a donkey who carried the Prince of Peace on that day. The very leader who still urges humankind to do to others what you would like them to do to you. If you don’t believe us donkeys, you can read it for yourself in the Bible. You will find the words in the Gospel of Saint Matthew, chapter seven, verse twelve. Learn it off by heart and may we ask you to say it every morning when you get up – Lord, today help me to do to others what I would want them to do to me. You could well become a world changer.
So – go vote – but remember the Great I Am who said this: “Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.” That is our most special Word from the mouth of God and we encourage you to go and do likewise. (PS you can find that verse in the new Living translation Bible in the Book of Psalms chapter thirty – six verse six).
Zelda, Zara, Sweetie, Zillah, Zack and Zerah
African Blessings Missions Director