Wednesday, August 05, 2009

'Possum's Dilemma

Brer Possum’s Dilemma is an African-American folktale retold by Jackie Torrence. If you click on the link, you may read the story in its entirety. This story of a kind-hearted opossum who listens to the seductive pleadings of the snake despite knowing that snakes are bad news is an interesting counterpoint to the Good Samaritan parable. It's a hard lesson, and it hurts.

2 comments:

Lone Star Ma said...

We just did the Good Samaritan in the Little Friends class at First Day School with lots of meditation on who the neighbor is. Christ, of course, went ahead and got crucified, so I think we know how much He'd value caution. Does hurt, though...

tanita davis said...

Interesting that the deceiver was still a snake.