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  1. Laura Figueroa-Scott says:

    Thank you, my friend. Thank you for understanding when everything comes down to what happens to our furry family members.

  2. Michael says:


    Thank you for helping keep me going…and getting it.
    You’ve always understood…

  3. david says:

    Have been through the loss of fur friends many times. God carries us through that loss. My understanding of Scripture says that some day we will be united with the furry friends that passed before.

  4. Michael says:


    I know nothing of being carried through the grief…I simply embrace and endure it.
    I miss old friends that have gone on every day.

    My blessed hope is that Day when we are all whole and together again!

  5. Officerhoppy says:

    “ Some unbelief can’t be helped until we get home…”

    I hope you’re right

    I hope that in my present state of confusion (anger?) that there is a home and that I make it!

    Good post Michael…although I do ‘t have a cat. My wife is deathly allergic to them. But I have a dog?!

  6. Michael says:


    To be honest…if something had gone terribly wrong and Liam didn’t come home…that would have probably been the end of the line for me in the ministry.

    That sounds weird, but he makes a huge difference in my ability to endure.

    If I would have quit it all, I would still get home…so will you.

  7. Captain Kevin says:

    “ If I would have quit it all, I would still get home…so will you.”


  8. Alex says:

    I have endured the very worst and I still love God.
    That is honestly amazing to me because it was not of my doing.
    I tried to leave, wanted to leave, wanted to be done with it. Angry and hurt.
    But Love wins.
    I am very glad that dear Liam is okay, and that you are okay.

  9. Linn says:

    All the cats I’ve ever had arrived at just the right time. They’re the steady companions that hang out when you just can’t handle people.

  10. Michael says:


    You have endured loss beyond what I can fathom.

    I wouldn’t have left God…but I probably would have left active ministry…I’m barely hanging on with Liam…

  11. Michael says:


    Liam is unusual in my life…my other cats just showed up and moved in.

    Liam got drafted…my friends sent him when Smokey died…it’s taken us a while to learn each other, but we’re getting there.

  12. Dan from Georgia says:


    Good to know that there are other people out there who have an intense love and need for companionship with a furry or fluffy friend. Works in our household too!

  13. Michael says:


    Intense is the word my family uses instead of “crazy”… 🙂

    I have some great friends that I treasure…but Liam is my closest companion who I spend the most time with.
    I’m glad that love abounds in your house as well, my friend.

  14. Elena says:

    I’m reading this late on Saturday… Nevertheless, it touched my heart and can only imagine the dread in your soul as you packed up Liam and headed to the vet… with pain and fear gripping your heart.
    Praise the Lord for His mercy and love🙌
    Thank you for sharing Michael!

  15. filistine says:

    “…morning prayer found me forgiven…”

    Best line in the whole essay for me.

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