Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second Chances
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The heartwarming tale of an irrepressible donkey who needed a home―and forever changed a family.
Rachel Anne Ridge was at the end of her rope. The economy had crashed, taking her formerly thriving business along with it. She had been a successful artist, doing work she loved, but now she felt like a failure. How would her family pay their bills? What would the future hold? If only God would somehow let them know that everything was going to be all right . . . and then Flash the donkey showed up.
If there is ever a good time to discover a wounded, frightened, bedraggled donkey standing in your driveway, this wasn’t it. The local sheriff dismissed Flash as “worthless.” But Rachel didn’t believe that, and she couldn’t turn him away. She brought Flash into her struggling family during their darkest hour―and he turned out to be the very thing they needed most. Flash is the true story of their adventures together in learning to love and trust; breaking down whatever fences stood in their way; and finding the strength, confidence, and faith to carry on. Prepare to fall in love with Flash: a quirky, unlikely hero with gigantic ears, a deafening bray, a personality as big as Texas, and a story you’ll never forget.
called it —the result of trauma. In sudden shock and grief, the floor fell away from my feet, the room spinning around us. They give you twenty-four hours to absorb the news before inducing labor. They tell you to go home and rest, that it will all soon be over. They tell you it is “nature’s way” and that you’ll be able to have other babies, don’t worry. What they don’t tell you is how hard you’ll cry, or how alone you’ll feel, or that your heart will break in a million pieces while you wait.
one, working for someone with a sense of superiority? I knew the economy was hurting everyone, not just the farmers and ranchers and artists, but I expected a little better treatment here. I was sick of this recession. I was tired of cutting expenses, beaten down by that orange light blinking at me. And my hair still stuck to my head, although now matted into a crispy mess. If ever I needed those highlights, it was now. It’s just that there was never quite enough. Never enough money, never enough
a life that had been hard. Tom and I sat in the second pew and watched as one of the girls set up a floral arrangement she’d made; another handed out a printed program. Then it was time to begin. Two of Barbara’s friends led the sparse assembly in songs with a guitar accompaniment. There in that simple chapel, “Amazing Grace” had never sounded sweeter, resonating on the stone walls and then fading into the winter air. Meghan gave a eulogy, and Nathan spoke. Thoughtful words, carefully chosen,
means allowing your life to be bookended by two donkey rides. You enter and you exit, in humble service. It means that you are defined by what you give, not by what you have. Your life is marked not by talent, but by commitment. Not by beauty, but by sturdy hooves and a willing heart. “Be a service animal. You are made to serve in love.” I wrote the words in my journal, my fingers espresso-colored from the project I had just finished. I knew it would take days for the stain to work itself out
from each other and grown together? Think of your own pet, either one you have now or a beloved one from your past. If he or she had a “To-Do” list like Flash’s, what would be included on it? How has this animal, quirks and all, enriched your life —either through joy or sorrow? “It’s safe to say that Flash welcomes change,” Rachel says, “just as long as nothing is different or altered in any way.” How does his attitude toward change contrast with that of others in the book —Rachel and Tom,