Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. ~Luke 12:6
Those of you who have followed my blog for any length of time have certainly been introduced to Henry, the faithful cat, who is an integral part of my daughter and son-in-law's family. As he was taken in as a stray, they calculate that he is somewhere between twelve and thirteen years in age. And despite their many moves from one location to another, even out of state, Henry has remained a much-loved fixture in their household, enduring all the changes for the sake of his forever family.
Recently, daughter, Sarah, sends me these photos of Henry with youngest granddaughter, Alexandra. I know for a fact that Henry's preferred child is Virginia, the eldest, but I'm so pleased to see that he has branched out in positive ways to her siblings. When love and trust are prevalent, what cat (or dog) wouldn't do the same? Pets carry no negative baggage when it comes to acknowledging love.
I wonder how many of us are willing to love and give of ourselves with the same loyalty and unconditional commitments that our pets do? Have any of you ever wondered about that most remarkable attribute our furry friends have, being willing to give without expecting anything in return?
There are so many valuable life lessons our pets can teach us if we're willing to let them. Henry loves his family no matter what.
We should, too.
May we all be open to and mindful (my word) of those lessons are pets are ready and willing to share with us; grounding us more surely in the only love that matters for all time.