One of my favourite books in my bookshelf is a beautiful, illustrated book called “the Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse” written by Charlie Mackesy. My brother gave it to me as a birthday present a few years ago and I really treasure this little book and the precious lessons it contains.
The book follows the journey of a young boy who befriends a mole, a fox, and a horse, each having their own unique personality and perspectives on life. The characters embark on a heart-warming journey together, exploring the world and learning about the importance of friendship, love, and kindness. The mole is a character who represents curiosity and a desire to explore the world around him. The fox, on the other hand, is more cautious and introverted, representing a fear of vulnerability. The horse is a wise and comforting figure, offering guidance and support to the other characters as they navigate the ups and downs of life. The way the characters interact with each other is one of the story’s most beautiful and poignant aspects.
The boy learns valuable lessons from the mole, the fox, and the horse about the importance of being true to oneself, the power of love and friendship, and the beauty that can be found in the world if we only take the time to look for it.
Throughout the story, the characters discuss their fears and anxieties, offering each other support and encouragement. The book is a beautiful and uplifting reminder that no one is alone in feeling alone, and that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. This is reflected beautifully by the horse, in one of the book’s finest quotes: “What is the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” asked the boy. “Help.” said the horse.
As a church community, are you willing to reach out and help, when someone asks for it? Or what will make you brave enough to say ‘Help’, if you are the one needing it?
Psalm 63 verse 7 and 8 reminds us that we have God as our ever-present help and guide “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.”. He will never let us go and will always be there to help us when we need it!
My prayer for you is this:
Thank you for the life we have. I know that you have equipped us all with knowledge, talent, and resources. I pray that we can use all that you have given to us to help others. Use us to draw others toward you. I pray that helping others and seeing them succeed blesses you and honours you. I pray we would be generous with our time and what we have to offer to those in need, especially those we encounter on a daily basis.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
With all my love, always,