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  1. prodinov says:

    Absolutely lovely. Glad to see the “Cat Man” back following the grief you must still have

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, prodinov…

  3. AA says:

    Nice to meet Max.

  4. Michael says:

    Thanks, AA…

  5. Em says:

    Poor little Max.. . He came to his human friend and felt safe…..
    My daughter’s old cat, Stickie (don’t ask), runs when i come in the room. I accidentally stepped on her once. But if i am in the kitchen, she follows me in, goes to the fridge and politely, quietly meows. Yes, sometimes i find her a treat in there. A smidge of roast chicken usually…. Yesterday the old cat caught a mouse and left it in the hall outside my bedroom door. A thank you? Bit i am not forgiven for stepping on her – she still runs….
    I hope that i trust God even when it hurts, even when i don’t understand. .
    God keep all here and protect Michael as he faces this scary surgery – know all here are praying ! ! !

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, Em!

  7. Linn says:

    Kitties are quick learners when it comes to avoiding pain. I watch my walker around my cat, but one day her tail got a little too close to the wheel and I accidentally clipped her. It hurt, but there was no damage (I checked her carefully). She still follows me around the house, always careful to stay in front of or behind the walker. My former kitty just used to ride around on the seat of my walker. She figured out the wheel danger very quickly.

    As to application (for Michael), I have had so many lessons in God seeing my pain, physical or emotional. On a day when I’ve been lonely and someone just dropped by or called, I know that was Him. When I was nervous and unsure about a situation, God stepped in by altering the circumstances or calming me down. I think, because I live alone, I am much more aware of His presence.

  8. Em says:

    Linn, i am sorry to hear of your physical pain – Praying God continues to give you strength and perspective…
    Good observations in your 10:58 – thank you for sharing them with us all

  9. Michael says:

    I pray you continue to sense His presence as He cares for you in the quiet times….

  10. CM says:


    A humorous (and true) meme regarding cats (with an Egyptian mythology reference):

  11. EricL says:

    Lovely story with great truth.

    Now, if later this month you want us to silently witness your surgery scars, that will be fine. Just post the photos and we will acknowledge them too. 🙂 In the meantime, we will keep praying for a successful surgery, my online friend.

  12. dusty says:

    sounds like a beautiful love story…..just knowing that someone sees me….sees my pain….my scars…..big brother you have such a great talent. Putting into words the things God wants us to learn, to hear. A talent of seeing a lesson from God in everyday events and sharing that so clearly with us.

  13. The New Victor says:

    Dern cats! I’m not a cat fan, nor a cat hater, but this lesson was a great one demonstrating validation. Max is my son’s name, too. I imagine myself in my 60s when Big Puppy passes, getting a cat or three. Dogs might be too hard to handle by then.

  14. brian says:

    I might be wrong, often I was reminded what an “emotional” brother I was until I became an “emotional” apostate. But I think God incarnates in the “mundane” elements of this plane of existence. I think those echoes of grace shine through so much of the “normal” world because we could not survive full on grace, glory, compassion, justice, and reconciliation we would melt. So through the table of bread and whine, smiles of children, comfort from a fellow traveler i.e. cat/dog/pet. Through family and familiarity along with surprise God reaches us, always.

  15. Em says:

    brian, good words….
    God does reach us by this miracle, a part of His character, called grace. ..
    At least He reaches the humble. His Book tells us that He resists the proud…. sometimes i think pride is my Achilles heel….

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