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14 Responses

  1. Owen says:

    May we all be that “disabled”….

  2. Michael says:

    Owen…amen and amen…

  3. filbertz says:

    you didn’t have the heart to tell him to stick with cats, but perhaps had you done so, he would have offered the same type of wise response you received on the other topics. I have a hunch he’s pretty consistent…

    thanks for sharing this–it underscores a key difference in love vs. duty/responsibility. We often pass duty off as love, but it is essentially unalike. It’s the unconditionality and purity–apart from judgment or requirement that makes love so special and rare.

  4. JoelG says:

    Amen Owen…

    What an amazing encounter, Michael. There is something about selfless innocence that reminds us of the Divine.

    From “Ragamuffin Gospel”: “… the Iroquois Indians attributed divinity to retarded children, gave them an honored place in the tribe, and treated them as gods. In their unself-conscious freedom they were a transparent window into the Great Spirit—into the heart of Jesus Christ who loves us as we are and not as we should be, in the state of grace or disgrace, beyond caution, boundary, regret, or breaking point.”

    This is one of my favorite TGIF. Thank you.

  5. Michael says:

    fil,

    I’ll have to ponder this…sometimes love is a duty…but that unconditionality and purity are what bring the joy…I think…

  6. Michael says:

    JoelG,

    Thank you…and that’s a wonderful story you shared about the wisdom of Native Americans…

  7. Em says:

    Oh to show Christ to the world that way – sigh
    My late husbands father had that affect on children… In a gathering of strangers, with no effort on his part, the children would gather round him wanting to talk to him… A tall, rather portly, balding old guy… He was always kind to theml
    So….
    Michael is the neighborhood cat man, huh? So is our next door neighbor up here – that and deer, the darn fence destroying deer! Cats are okay, though – mouse enemies .. 😏

  8. Michael says:

    Em,

    We are close to considering deer rodents here…so many…

  9. CM says:

    Michael,

    It seems that God has bestowed that austistic boy the title “Cat Whisperer” and has given you an apprentice to train and to pass your mantle to when God calls you home.

  10. CM says:

    In honor of that austistic boy and all other special needs children (and those who are now adults), I present this:

  11. pslady says:

    Love truly conquers all…what an endearing story in light of all that’s happening in the world today. And Jesus said it’s the most important.

  12. Linnea says:

    Love this, Michael!

  13. Outside T. Fold says:

    Thanks for the story, Michael, and filbertz, thank you for this:

    thanks for sharing this–it underscores a key difference in love vs. duty/responsibility. We often pass duty off as love, but it is essentially unalike. It’s the unconditionality and purity–apart from judgment or requirement that makes love so special and rare.

  14. Michael says:

    pslady, Linnea, OTF…thank you.
    OTF…I thought fil left us a little gold as well…

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