Friday, February 24, 2012
The "Purrfect" Touch
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
As soon as she can reach and grab, my granddaughter, Virginia Rose, takes aim for the family cat, Aslan.
Fortunately for her, he is a laid-back gentleman of a feline who tolerates a tug to his fur or tail as if it were a love pat. No protests. No retaliation.
It's all good!
But, my daughter, Sarah, and her husband, John, know Virginia's roughhousing won't be welcomed by other, less patient animals. Especially, my elderly, cantankerous, curmudgeon of a cat, Jordan.
They correct Virginia's behavior toward Aslan, teaching her the proper way to stroke him. Softly. Gently.
She learns quickly and mends her ways.
Still, when Virginia is around Jordan, I keep a close watch. She may be gentle with her touch, but the cat, who is easily irritated, could lash out with a claw.
And, one day, Jordan does just that. With seemingly little or no provocation.
It is the barest of pinpricks on Virginia's skin. There are no tears. But, she is momentarily taken aback.
The two sit at a distance for a few moments, carefully eyeballing one another.
Jordan languidly turns away and stares out the window as if nothing ever happened.
Virginia finally reaches out a tentative hand toward the cat.
Touches her fur, oh, so lightly.
Pat. Pat. Pat.
This time, Jordan sits quietly, accepting the touch of this sweet, tiny hand.
Virginia looks up at me with a smile full of sunshine.
"Kittah," she says.
Are you showing your gentleness of spirit to others?
Will you pray with me?
Help us, Father, to always treat others with the same kindness and gentleness with which we would like to be treated. Let our spirit of gentleness be evident to all. Be near to us, Lord, we pray. Amen.
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