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  1. filistine says:

    I’m always ready to pounce on someone who says, “God doesn’t work like that (anymore).”

    cats, dogs, donkeys, fish…humans, unbelievers…I have no problem with tool or trade.

  2. Michael says:

    fil,

    Nor do I…as long as we acknowledge the source…

  3. Kevin H says:

    Michael would really have a story to tell if a fish friend ever came and held his hand. 🙂

  4. Michael says:

    One tried, but Liam ate him…

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    I’m grateful for your cats.

    I take opioids every 6 hours as well. On the rare occasions when I’ve needed to miss more than one dose, not only is there the backlash of pain, but I experience restless leg syndrome. What was it like for you (if you don’t mind saying)?

  6. Michael says:

    CK,

    My blood pressure and heart rate went through the roof. Big anxiety, and of course, the return of the pain.

    Took about three hours to get things back to “ok”…not fun.

  7. Shawn says:

    I know it’s not just me, obviously by your post and fils response, but I find it strange that people who would otherwise claim the limitlessness of God spend so much time limiting the manner of His communicative expression. The lists of His can nots and does nots are far longer, and seemingly more binding, than His ability to do act and speak. While I still think the Bible, His Word as they say is a good rubric for measuring what he may say and do. Well, most of the time. However, it does not always convey the way he may do so.
    Personally, I prefer to have a more immersive view of God in general and do not see much of anything, if anything at all, beyond His character and nature in expressing care and correction for His people. Plus, there is something in me that thinks if I heard the audible voice of God my undergarments might be constantly soiled. Unless the ability to bind such things is inherent during His act of speaking to us. I fear I may be treading into the dangers of speculative theology. The next thing you know I will ponder, preposterously at that, how many angels can fit on the head of a pin. Lol.
    On a personal note, it seems to me that as of late the ways God does not speak according to some are the only way He speaks to me. Beggars can’t be choosers. I will take what I can get and count it not only a Divine grace but a joy too.
    I hope all that makes sense because I am not sure it does.

  8. Linn says:

    Michael,
    Back when I was in my teens/early 20s I had five significant hospitalizations/surgeries in as many years. We had this dachshund mix who “owned” me. We got him when I was 11 (after another big hip surgery that took a year of my life) because parents thought I needed a companion. My social life was a little slow-I limped along with my cane and didn’t keep up with the other kids. During the five surgeries cycle, that little dog was always with me. He also had a fit every time I disappeared to the hospital for a few days. I know he was God’s answer to my loneliness and I missed him so much when he left us at the age of 14.

  9. filistine says:

    I agree with Shawn’s assessment. The good Capt. might recall a fish, not holding a hand per Michael, but holding a person per Jonah. Message received loud’n’clear…

  10. Michael says:

    Shawn,

    Well said…and you make more sense than you know.
    I rather enjoy your musings…

  11. Michael says:

    Linn,

    By necessity and often choice, I lead a pretty isolated life.
    I’m blessed that God has often chosen to mediate His presence through the cats…being cats they can be vehicles for both comfort and sanctification… 🙂

    I have another friend who relies on dachshunds…seems to work quite well…

  12. bob1 says:

    I really enjoy reading about the major league blessings of pets that folks on here share. I have severe asthma so can’t have pets. But one of our kids has a wonderful pit/terrier mutt mix and it’s always a joy whenever they visit for the afternoon. Animals really can be messengers of grace!

  13. Linn says:

    Michael,
    Doxies are very loyal and protective. If Icever were to get another dog, I would probably look for a sausage. But, a cat is easier when on a walker. They need exercise, but they don’t need to be walked (a little hard for me to do). Felix likes to play and hang, so we do well together.

  14. Idahoan says:

    I’m often a Heb10:25 miscreant. This morning my excuse was taking care of my sick dog. Doesn’t it say somewhere in the revised slandered version “If your ox or ass offends you on the sabbath, throw it in a pit so you don’t forsake the assembling”?
    But which of the brethren would God send if I were scared half to death in the middle of the night?
    Years ago I had a terrifying dream— explainable of course as night terrors, sleep paralysis, or some sort of demon. A black mist charged at me, knocked me flat on my back, sat on my chest, and wouldn’t let me breathe. I couldn’t really speak, but squeaked out, 3 times, “go to hell!”. It didn’t go. Finally, like a dummy slapping my forehead, except I couldn’t move I remembered to squeak out “in the name of Jesus Christ”. Immediately I was awakened by my little dog (predecessor of the current one) licking my face. If God hadn’t sent that furry angel, I’m pretty sure I’d have resembled the Israelites according to King James “when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.”

  15. pslady says:

    Many years ago my husband would take me to my weekly chemo treatments & then be off to work. My little doxie Susie would lay on the couch all day & not move until he came home..she would not even ask for a bathroom break. I know God used her for my comfort. She died of a rare disease at a young age but I know we will be reunited one day. God indeed works through our pets.

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