A reader wanted me to know that she didn’t read any stories about Smokey, because Smokey is “ugly”.
He’s a “trash cat” that should have been taken to the shelter…he’s a “nuisance” animal that “we have far too many of”.
I wanted to send her a brief reply…two words, the last being “you” the first not being “bless”.
I chose to be a good Anglican and respond here instead.
As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and I treasure my “ugly” cat.
He is old and scarred and he always seems to have some wound draining pus all over something I’ll have to wash.
He’s missing teeth.
He drools when I pet him and cat drool makes me itch.
He also loves me very, very much.
Love makes him a beautiful creature indeed.
He loves me so much that he actually tries to change behaviors that he knows cause problems…he tries really hard to be a good cat, even if he sometimes messes up.
Did I mention that he loves me very, very much?
That makes everything else irrelevant.
God doesn’t make trash.
He most certainly does not consider any pet or person trash.
He even loves people whose hearts are so small and spirits so shrunken that they would take the time to write cruel things about another person’s treasure.
I spent a lot of my life hearing some of those same labels that this person tried to put on my cat.
God told me they were lies.
Neither Smokey nor myself are ugly to our Masters.
We are not a nuisance.
We shouldn’t be put away.
We are treasures.
We love Him because He first loved us…
There are a lot of labels floating around these days.
Only choose to wear one that God agrees with.
You’re a treasure.
In His love, you’re a beautiful creature, indeed.
Even if you drool…
Make your own application…