"Lord," she replied, "even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
My younger brother, Bill, and I are beside ourselves with excitement. Our family is moving from an apartment to our very own home!
But, even more thrilling for us is that, at long last, we can finally have a dog.
I've made it known to my parents for years that I can't wait for the day we bring home a puppy.
"I promise," Dad tells me, "we'll get that puppy when we buy a house. And, I'll make sure that house has a big, fenced-in yard for the dog to play in."
Good to his word, Dad takes the family to view a litter of mixed/Springer Spaniel pups three days before our scheduled move. We all agree on a spirited, affectionate, albeit short-haired, white and black female.
We name her "Dutchess". Not "Duchess" for royalty. "Dutchess". Because, surely, this active, inquisitive pup will get herself "in Dutch" in no time!
Which she does. Chewing on shoes. Gnawing on furniture. Shredding rawhide bones like paper.
Eating half a cake when Mom isn't looking.
Eating anything and everything for that matter!
But, the one thing Mom and Dad tell Bill and me NEVER to do is feed her from the table.
"It will make a horrible beggar out of her," Mom warns. "Dutchess needs to learn good manners."
So, we don't offer her a morsel during mealtime.
That does not deter Dutchess from sitting by us, her soulful, amber-brown eyes keeping a sharp lookout for the errant carrot or escaped scrap of hamburger which falls from plate to floor.
She soon figures out where to place herself. Right by brother, Bill. Who, more than the rest of us, tends to let his food get away from him.
Dart! Snap! Gobble! Gone!
All in a twinkling.
Then, Dutchess returns to her spot. Regains her composure. Waits patiently at attention for the next crumb to fall.
Hoping for more.
Happy with what she gets.
Can you find happiness even in the 'crumbs' of life?
Will you pray with me?
We are so thankful, Father, that You have called us Your children and invite us to feast at Your divine table. May we ever remember and pray for those who are hungry in body, mind, and spirit. Give us grace to feed them with the knowledge and love of Jesus, the Bread of Life. Amen.
Psalms 89:1-18 or 89:19-52
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