I feel the loss every day and feel a tad embarrassed every day because I do.
My routines are different now and the ones that haven’t changed have an emptiness about them that makes them fruitless.
Who can understand these bonds between people and animals?
I’ve noticed another change since his departure…I have no patience for human nonsense.
Especially on social media.
I don’t bother reading the political screeds damning “the other side”, nor do I try to engage the conspiracy and prophecy wonks among us.
Everyone needs a hobby, even if it’s a stupid one…
What I do stop and watch now are the animal videos…especially the ones wherein some poor, mangled, beast is rescued and restored to life as it should have been.
I watch the ones where sacrificial love is poured out to save another creature and that love accomplishes wonders in the life of the creature receiving it.
I watch these because they’re one of the few places online where I am reminded of the Gospel these days.
The “religious” sites are busy parsing political theory and gender issues and the pastors and priests are very busy carrying forth their tribes conclusions on these matters.
To hell with the lot of them…
What we need to remember is that once we were poor, mangled beasts who were saved by Jesus…that we are recipients of sacrificial love that refuses to let us die alone and unloved.
We are the blind dog and the three legged cat who had no hope unless someone rescued us when no one else would or could.
We have been rescued and loved by One with an indomitable will to see us have life and love and that more abundantly.
There is never a question in the minds of those who rescue animals if a particular animal is worthy of hope…nor is there a question in the mind of the Lord if a person is.
That is the good news…that is the Gospel.
The cats I’ve rescued all do the same thing once they’ve been saved…they go tell the other lost and hungry cats where to find kibble.
That’s because cats remember where they’ve been and often want to share what they’ve found.
We just go looking for another argument…and that’s why I prefer the company of cats.
Make your own application…