still reading the newberys

I plan on reading a lot this year. I’ve been a passionate reader since childhood so that’s a good indication to me that I should (as I heal from and process trauma) ….just go on reading. There’s something soothing, nurturing, and safe about books. This morning I finished a sweet simple tale from the authoress Elizabeth Yates. It’s about a little boy and his parents, and the hired man, who all work together on their quiet country sheep farm. One day a wolf went into the flock while they were grazing unattended and killed six of them, so the hired man stayed out all night until he could shoot and kill their predator; a wolf. I was reminded how in Scripture we are warned of “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and for that very same reason; if not for a guiding Shepherd, wolves would seek out and destroy the gentle tender hearted sheep. I thought I would share this quote from page 83:

“ There are some things that can’t seem to live right with the rest of the world. They cause trouble to the good things and so they have to leave. I don’t like what has to be done at times like that but a man’s got to be able to do it. In the Bible, David the Shepherd boy was able to do it, and he wasn’t afraid to stand up to a big one named Goliath who was causing trouble in his countryside. Easy going is the way we all like to be, but we can’t let easiness take the fight out of us.”

As a kind and gentle woman, I am hurt by “the things that can’t seem to live right” with the rest of us. I try my best to be loving to and to enjoy this beautiful world we live in. Once in a while something tragic happens that frightens me. Once in a while someone comes along who says persuasive kind words, but their behavior shows them for the wolf that they are. We have all learned some valuable lessons through horrifying experiences. Like the boy in the story, we want to be easy going, but there are times when even the kind and gentle ones must stand firm and fight and say “no more”.

5 thoughts on “still reading the newberys

  1. Amen! It’s hard to draw boundaries and say, “NO MORE”…but so
    liberating, too, when you can do it.

    Thank you for sharing your heart and the lesson. I think sharing and
    talking about it is important to healing.

    Love and hugs,


  2. I am also a gentle soul. My word for last year was brave and I focused on the verse, “Be strong and of a good courage. Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. For the Lord thy God is with thee withersoevee thou goest.” Your blog has been a blessing to me for many years, mainly because of your sweet, genuine spirit. Keep being you!

  3. Wolves are God’s creatures too. Hunters and ranchers often demonize them. Both the male and female wolf take care of their young and do what they need to do to take care of the young. They have to find food. Wolves are very family oriented animals. Please don’t kill wolves because you fear them. They are really very shy.

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