I’m not sure how long this kitty has been hanging around outside but I do know he (or she) is a good hunter because we find dead mousies lined up for us outside the door. The Missus has been trying to trap him for some time but he’s trap savvy and will NOT go in. He hangs out in the front yard at night and I see him watching when I walk the dogs. Lately he’s been coming closer and when I see him out there I’ll tell him I’ll be right back and he waits patiently while I come back in and get a can of food for him. He gets a good meal before he burrows in for the night. One night when I went out he was waiting for me just outside the front door and took off when we frightened each other. The Missus always has dry food for him/them and fresh water in a freeze-proof water dish but I think he likes our evening interaction and the nummy can of food. We’ve become friends. Last night, he was no where to be found when I took out his evening meal. There was a faint aroma of skunk in the breeze and I wondered if that might keep him away. I laid the can down and came back inside. Later, when I went out to check, the can was gone which means I fed a raccoon and my outside kitty went without. I was so sad about that. The Missus told me not to worry because there was plenty of food out there for him during the day but that’s not the point.
We carry cat and dog food and a container of water in our car at all times so that we are able to feed a critter in need. It happens a lot. One day I saw a ragamuffin hitchhiker standing on an entrance ramp with his dog. We really didn’t need that dozen donuts in the office anyway. They were so happy to get them.
It really bothers us when we see someone in need and we have absolutely nothing to give them. Not everyone feels that way. They think someone else will take care of the problem but what if no one does? I’ve been poor. I’ve been hungry. I’ve been cold and lonely so I know what it’s like out there.
Some Christians might quote Psalm 37:25.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
If you think I was in sin and not righteous, so be it. Judge me if you want but I believe the tough times can soften us to those in need because we’ve been there. Many can sympathize with people where few can empathize and they are not the same.
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it?
Tossing a few coins in the offering plate or into the cup of a beggar allows a person to feel good about themselves while keeping their distance from the problem. That doesn’t count. You don’t get points for that. Make it personal. Get close enough to smell their breath.
Jesus did more than preach to the people. He also healed them and fed them. He met both their spiritual needs and their physical needs which in turn met their emotional needs.
My outside kitty knows about God so he’s got his spiritual stuff worked out. God is meeting his physical and emotional needs through me. That’s why God brought him to us.
Sometime ask me to tell you the story about when our Thanksgiving turkey disappeared. It has to do with our daughter and a homeless couple.
Show your faith by meeting someone’s needs. Otherwise your faith doesn’t mean anything.