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  1. JimmieT says:

    Michael- I never fully appreciated your love for your cats until we adopted Coco, our Maine Coon feline.

  2. Michael says:

    Miss Kitty is a Maine Coon…wonderful breed of cat.
    They all are, though… 🙂

  3. pslady says:


  4. Linn says:

    Love it-my little rescue cat (young and sassy) walks back and forth across the bed (and over me) a few minutes before my alarm goes off because she wants her breakfast, specifically her wet treat. That’s how we bonded when she came, so scared and frightened, to my house in April 2020. She would come out of the bathroom to have a little bit, and sneak right back in. After about three months, she hopped up on my lap and happily licked up a tube. We now repeat this little ritual every morning, but she only gets about 1/4 of a tube. She has put on some weight, and I don’t want her to get tubby. She is a very special little creature.

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    Linn, sorry for my ignorance, but what do you mean by “tube?”

  6. Captain Kevin says:

    Beautiful, Michael!

    “My choice is to look for other small graces through the day and to be ready for those small graces to bring me joy and to receive that joy in that moment.”

    Although I don’t currently have a pet, I need to learn to recognize these small graces. Even a few moments of not being anxious about my health would be so nice.

  7. Linn says:

    CK-you can get tuna flavored treats for cats in small tubes. They’re called “Squeeze-Ups.”

  8. Michael says:


    A pet would do you well…but there are other graces if we will look for them.
    Some days we have to look harder than others…

  9. Alexis says:

    This is so calming. Thank you for sharing. Take care, all of you. <3

  10. mm says:

    Beautiful word picture. There’s a message for me here too. Thank you.

  11. BrideofChrist says:

    Animals and pets are so wonderful for so many different reasons – Michael just have us a beautiful example of exactly how they enrich our lives. My two cocker spaniel are so affectionate and they are always happy – the breed is often called the ‘Merry Cockers”! We set up three very pretty fish tanks during the Covid winter and my husband I find them very entertaining and soothing to watch. I found some vintage art deco fish tank stands on Ebay and the three little tanks look beautiful in a sunny corner of our den among my orchids! They have kept me busy, too. I had forgotten that keeping fish is a lot of work! God’s creation is so wonderful, and being surrounded by His beautiful creatures is life affirming and reminds us of God’s many earthly blessings. Life may not always be a rose garden, but sometimes it is exactly that. Michael’s post was a very beautiful reminder of that.

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