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  1. Paige says:

    Wow….. Home Run….. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Amen.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, my faithful friend. 🙂

  3. Kevin H says:

    My grandmother was a women with a great heart of faith and a very simple mind. Very simple. She used to have stray cats that would come around her place and she would feed them. Then she would complain about the cats continuing to come around and she didn’t know why they kept bothering her. Although explained to her, the same cycle would repeat.

    I don’t how to spin this one into a “Make Your Own Application”. But whenever Michael talks about the feeding of the strays, it always brings this silly little story to mind and brings a smile in remembrance.

  4. Michael says:

    Kevin H,

    I inherited the feeding of the strays from my grandma and my mom.

    Grandma would complain about all the critters too…then get up at 5 the next morning to feed them while the coffee was percolating.

  5. dswoager says:

    The stories of your grandmothers bring to mind that there is a difference between be thoughtful and being graceful. When I show love for someone, it tends to be an active thought of how I want to display my love. The inability to connect ones own kindness to the presence of some pesty friends would seem to be a character of someone who is full of grace.

  6. Michael says:


    You may be on to something there…

  7. Disillusioned says:

    Yeah, this.

    I appreciate your perspective and your understanding….which seems to only come from those who’ve been strays themselves.

    It’s not about a “victim mentality” or fighting against Christianity —

    It’s about being so terribly wounded that you don’t even trust what’s in the dish.

  8. Michael says:


    I understand…and I’ll keep setting out some “food” and offering cyber shelter as long as I’m around.

  9. Anne says:

    Posts like this keep me, one of your “feral friends” looking forward to TGIF every Friday.

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you, Anne…I’m glad you still come and visit. 🙂

  11. Em says:

    poor creatures – especially in winter – is there a catch, neuter and release program in the area? this is one area of progress that is a good thing in my mind…
    i do have a neighbor, a cat lover – has two house cats – who adopts feral neutered cats and then turns them loose up here to do their thing – kill rodents – until the owls and coyotes do their thing… not sure how i feel about that and not sure how to apply the principle to us humans who are ‘feral’ 🙂

  12. Linnea says:

    Beautiful, Michael, and completely understood as I am a stray, too.

  13. Surfer51 says:

    Very touched here.

    What an amazing gift you have with words.

    It is indeed a God thing…

  14. Disillusioned says:

    I think your insights are just delightful.

    You inspire me.

  15. Michael says:

    Surfer51, Linnea… thank you.

  16. Michael says:

    Em is one of the gifts God gave us …keeps me grounded in truth.

  17. Em says:

    Disillusioned and Michael, you and all who post here delight me with much to think about – and pray about – i appreciate the patience shown this old sidewalk superintendent… God keep

  18. Miss ODM says:

    Good lesson today — Jesus told Peter to feed his sheep/lambs. But Michael – I’m beginning to suspect that you are one of those funny animal hoarders we see on TV.

  19. Em says:

    #18 – when he starts locking them all up for their own good and forgets to feed them and change the litter box, perhaps we can begin to worry, ODM 🙂

    my late mother got herself into a problem feeding stray cats when the raccoons took over and they weren’t shy about demanding the food… if the hand that feed them is empty, they’ll just eat the hand, then

  20. Michael says:

    We’ll feed ’em all.

    My mom lost her beloved Siamese to cancer yesterday…like losing a family member.

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