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  1. Alan says:

    That’s a nice reflection… very nice.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, my friend…

  3. Em says:

    Michael, you affirm my sense that God put animals here to example and teach….
    One of my daughter’s old cats has decided i am her friend – not sire why…..
    God keep you and pld Smokey

  4. Michael says:


    Be her friend…she will be a very good one, indeed…

  5. Em says:

    Sticky does get bullied off her food by the other cat and the dog… Often, if I’m in the kitchen at night, she will join mr and in quiet, but persistent meows beg food. I usually give in and sneak her some… 😉

  6. Michael says:

    She’ll be your friend for life for food… 🙂

  7. Linn says:


    I appreciated your thoughts. It took me so long to gain the trust of my current cat, and she will still bolt and hide if I do something that scares her. It’s just about always unintentional (I can’t apologize for the cat carrier when we need a vet visit!), but she hides and will take several hours to come out and trust me again. During a 10-year period from 1992-2002 so many crises occurred in my life and were overlapping that I lost myself (and God) somewhere in the muddle. It was raising children that weren’t mine, losing a parent and a step-parent, moving several times, changing jobs several times…all my Bible answers weren’t working and I felt lost. God felt “lost”, too. God brought some people alongside me and they pointed me back to the character of God and how they had seen Him working in my life. I was amazed that others could see the many things that I could not. Like our cats, I would quietly creep into God’s presence, stay awhile, and then bolt because I was so frightened. It finally clicked for me that He had never left me, life can very hard, but He’ll get us through. I still curl up sometimes in my little personal closet when life gets busy, but not as much as I used to. it’s the old Aslan thing:

    “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

    Just like my kitty, I needed to learn that God is safe.

  8. Muff Potter says:

    “They are gone now and I miss them more than it’s proper to admit.”

    So who says it’s not ‘proper’?
    They were family, no two ways about it.
    When my wife and I consider our two little dogs, their loyalty, and the love in their eyes for us, we see no distinction, and quite frankly, we prize their love over the paltry excuse for love that many two-legged critters pretend to have.

  9. Shawn says:

    One thing I have noticed about your posts that carry a high value for application are the following words: Make your own application…

    I respect that you consider that most people reading your post are intelligent or spiritually minded enough to do so. Sadly, I do not think the same is true for the way most preachers view those sitting in the pews or banquet chairs so commonly used in Evangelical Churches. It is almost as if everyone is considered somewhat stupid. I could give examples of this like the way everything is reduced to such simplistic terms but I do not want to derail from my compliment/encouragement to you.

    It is also counterintuitive to much of what is taught about preaching and sermon preparation )at the church or Seminary level). Sometimes I think doing all the thinking for those listening to the message by spelling out what the preacher believes the application is robs the listener of a vital aspect of Christian growth- critical analysis and self-appropriation (argh self-control from derailing is really hard sometimes (lol).

    All I am trying to say, with all this excess verbiage, is I found your spiritual assessment of a natural observation very insightful and your subtle challenge to apply what you wrote refreshing. I think it stems from a trust that God is able to the work of appropriating the message in the way He deems fit. Now, that is a bold confidence in God’s sanctifying work!

    Great job. Keep up the good work.

  10. Shawn says:

    should read: God is able to do the work…

  11. Michael says:

    Thank you, Shawn…encouragement helps!

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