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A Word with You - June 22, 2011


A Parent's Hardest Job

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When my daughter was little, one of her favorite books was Misty of Chincoteague. Now, if you haven't read that classic, let me bring you up-to-date real quick. Chincoteague is an island off the eastern shore of Virginia. And it's known for these beautiful white ponies. They're wild ponies, and that's who Misty was - one of those wild ponies.

Now at one point in the story, Phantom, who was Misty's mother, is in a horse pen on a farm. They have been captured, and the two children in the story who live on this farm are distressed because they see Phantom kicking her own colt - Misty. And so they yell at her to stop! Well, of course, enter Grandma - wise grandma. Those words go together, right? Grandma's always say wise things. And Grandma explains to the two children. She says, "Look, kids, she's not trying to hurt her foal; she's loving her in the hardest way there is. She knows that the time has come for Misty to be on her own." Well, that's pretty good horse sense, isn't it? And it's always good horse sense to keep that time in mind.

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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