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  1. John 20:29 says:

    so sorry for the cat, for T and for Michael… wonderful analogy, sad but accurate in many of our churches today
    God keep

  2. Paige says:

    Praying for this kitty….and T….Lord, have mercy on our beloved fur kids…. how deeply our hearts love them….

  3. Paige says:

    As you know, Michael…. I have been ‘mauled’ by stuff in life…and not cared for by the ones I would have expected to receive care from. I will say, however, that others did and do continue to exhibit compassion. Frankly, God used the ones who didn’t care to push me forward into the Next Chapter that He had prepared for me… There ARE good churches out there, even CCs that are still empowered by the Holy Spirit…

  4. John 20:29 says:

    Excellent words, Paige… God works His will into some of our lowest moments… so many platitudinous truths come to mind as I read your #3… and so many blessings that didn’t seem like blessings going through them
    thank you for making me think on this this morning. (my daughter came downstairs to the 19 year old cat lying on the floor with a dislocated shoulder, she is at the vets now, if it won’t go back into the socket, she’s going to have to make that hard decision – I suspect our Father has to make a lot of hard decisions like you’ve described, but with a joyful end)

  5. bob1 says:

    This story makes me thankful for all the folks out there, millions and millions, who work out their vocations in our common life, every day.

  6. Michael says:


    Amen and thank you.

  7. Michael says:


    Praying for your kitty…

  8. Jean says:

    I agree 100% with bob1 @ #5.

  9. Michael says:


    Amen to that.

    I don’t do well in places where there are injured or sick pets.
    I was very proud of myself because I didn’t cry non stop for the five or six hours that we were there.
    Everyone understood…they engaged with me, sharing pictures and stories of our pets, talking about the wave of marijuana poisoning in dogs, etc…
    They were genuine and they were kind.
    When the ordeal was over I told the doctor how grateful I was for her and everyone on the staff.
    Then she choked up.
    Evidently, they don’t hear that very often.
    God bless all those who serve in their vocations with care and compassion…

  10. Jean says:


    Your post reminds me of motto of the ELCA: God’s work. Our hands.

    The “our” in the motto is much more expansive than what we mostly imagine.

  11. John 20:29 says:

    Thank you for the prayers, Michael… This is the second time hes dislocated his front leg – he gets a claw caught in the upholstery as he jumps up on the sofa… this time they want to sedate him, so we’re waiting to see what the old cat’s body can do…

    Blessed are the merciful … I hope they obtain mercy as promised- amen to bob, Michael and Jean

  12. JoelG says:

    “Evidently, they don’t hear that very often.“

    It is amazing how a simple kind word can change someone’s day in such a mean world. Well done.

  13. Stephen says:

    Life can indeed be very, very hard.

  14. John 20:29 says:

    Axle the car is home waiting to see if his dislocated shoulder can heal… don’t know what is best for a 19 year old cat… but we are grateful for the prayer – still praying for T’s cat here

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