A Cow Named Grace

The NPR weekend crew was reviewing a children’s book. Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater obviously enjoy their periodic interpretations of such literature, and they were particularly animated when they read the book “Little Old Big Beard and Big Young Little Beard.” Listening to the broadcast only peripherally as I drove, I turned the radio up louder as I became engaged in their tale.

Big Beard and Little Beard were hunting for their cow. Grace, the cow, had disappeared from the camp, and we followed the two cowboys up and down the hills, into the valleys and finally into the deep forest searching for Grace.

Two days passed, and they could not find her in all their usual haunts. The two men were distraught, and both burst into tears of sorrow and loss. Just then, Grace poked her head through the bushes and mooed. “We have found Grace!” said Little Big Beard. “I think it would be more proper to say Grace has found us!” replied Big Little Beard, and their tears of sorrow turned to tears of joy.

John 1: 15-16: “John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ” From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”

I will forego the rendition of Agrazin’ Grace that Scott and Daniel ended with, but will rather rejoice in the image of Grace finding us, lost and fearful, and bringing joy.