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  1. Paige says:

    Lovely. Your cat friend set a good example.
    His difficult life eventually led to a good season of life of being content and giving what he had to give.
    A good example.
    He was thankful for your home, food, provision and friendship.
    “in this world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world”…. John 16:33. Chester made the best of his tribulations in this challenging life. Giving love, showing care.

    Purring. My favorite ‘song’. Worship.
    The song of contentment. (cats also purr when afraid and in pain)… a good example.
    Well done, Chester. See you again.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige…yes, we will.

  3. JoelG says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful reflection.

    We lost our gentle and kind dog a year ago in May. Though we have a pup now we still feel the loss. These creatures have unique personalities that can’t be replaced. We will miss them, always.

    Several weeks ago my therapist and I simply sat quietly in Jesus’ presence. It was a powerful experience that I will never forget.

    Life gets so chaotic and we forget that He is always present with us no matter what is happening around us. I’m learning (slowly) to simply stop and be in His presence.

    What a great comfort…

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you for “getting It”, Joel…I learn better from pets than people…even spiritual things…

  5. EricL says:

    Today is my beloved mother’s birthday. She passed on over a year ago after living a long and full life. I’m thankful that the suffering and weakness of age is behind her now, but I sometimes I still ache for the comfort and support that only a dear mother can give.

    Michael, thanks for a sweet reminder of remembering and cherishing our departed loved ones- be they fur-covered or flesh-toned. Thanks again, brother.

  6. Em says:

    I think – dunno – that Jesus wept at Lazarus ‘ tomb as much for Lazarus as he did for Lazarus ‘ sisters … Eternity in Jesus presence? Who’d want to come back here?
    But i confess that Michael’s post has me remembering a horse whose remains rest on my acreage here and an icy, snowy day when i had to bring their feed up the hill to them. He and his sister placed themselves one on each side of me. Instead of snitching hay from the sled as i drug it, it dawned on me, as they carefully took one step each time i did that they were helping me drag the hay up to their shelter – has me wondering if i could be more helpful. .

  7. Michael says:

    Blessings on you and your mom…thank you.

  8. Michael says:

    “Who’d want to come back here?”
    I love it here and I’ll love the new version even more.

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