I’m reading The Book of the Dun Cow again. It’s an allegory about . . . , well, about so many things. It’s such a lively story filled with wonderful characters. Pretty much every chapter contains a paragraph that makes me stop to re-read a few times. This one called to mind experiences of pastoral ministry and leadership:
Chauntecleer the Rooster was growing weary of irritations. It crossed his mind for the second time in a day that it would be good to have just one person for simple friendship and for talk. In this single, chilly moment—as he got ready to give instructions to a busy-brittle and punctual Ant—the Rooster felt lonely (p. 37).