““Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.””
(Luke 22:31–33 ESV)
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.”
(Hebrews 12:12–13 ESV)
Every morning they rush in the door and stand in front of the food dishes, waiting to be served.
They do not wait long as I fill up the dishes with cat food, then with cat treats…they may be strays, but they are spoiled strays.
For months, there has been a dish that stayed empty, but remained on the floor.
That was Chester’s dish…
2018 was a year of many losses for me, here and personally.
Long time readers and friends left the blog and some of them left the faith behind as well.
Close friends, a long time companion, and parishioners left in real life.
There is that empty dish on my floor…
There are empty spaces in my soul where all those missing used to dwell.
I won’t even speak of the physical and financial challenges.
I’ve been sifted.
Still, because Jesus prayed for me (and a lot of you have too) my faith hasn’t failed.
It has changed, but it hasn’t failed.
By faith, we move on to next year.
We strengthen ourselves in order that we might strengthen the brethren…because if they haven’t been sifted they will be.
For me, that strengthening starts with filling that empty dish.
By faith, I believe that when I see Chester again (and I will) he’ll need a much larger dish, anyway.
By faith, I believe that because I’m still here God isn’t done with me yet.
There are many other “strays” who need fed…some walk on four legs, some on two.
By faith, I leave the door open and a dish filled for those who have left and those who just need a meal.
By faith, I’ll risk loving those who may leave and in doing so, leave behind more pain and another empty dish.
By faith, I believe that God will keep my own dish full.
Jesus needs to keep praying, because all of that takes more faith than I have.
By faith, I believe He is and will continue to do so.
By faith, I know he’s praying for you too…
So, from Miss Kitty, my strays here at home, and myself, I wish you all a faith filled new year and the peace of God throughout whatever it brings.
Thank you all for your support and presence on the journey.
For the last time in 2018…
Make your own application…