“The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel” (Proverbs 12:10 NIV)

Last Spring a stray cat was sighted! Food was left continuously under the same tree for it to eat. Before too long, the stray cat started to arrive routinely around the same time for food. However, as soon as it noticed someone, it would run and hide within a shrub next to the tree. Conversation was made with the stray while the food was being put by the tree. As difficult as it was, the stray was never looked at in the eye or touched. It’s boundaries of being raised in the outdoors were being respected. A truce was established! The stray began to realize that it was not going to be harmed and there were days when it was spotted catching up on sleep within the shrubs. The stray had become part of the surroundings and added meaning to the days.  As Fall was moving closer to Winter, the weather was getting colder. The stray started to not come around on a daily basis until days went by and the stray was not seen again. However, this Spring the stray cat stopped in again! There is joyfulness about that unexpected event.

Scripture tells us to be merciful to animals and care about all life. Sympathy and care grow from knowledge. The few minutes of daily attention given to the stray cat had an unexpected return from God and the stray cat. It is the unselfish efforts that are the ones that do give back.   

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for being merciful and nurturing. Scripture says the righteous have mercy and are not cruel. If there is any kindness or good we could do for the animals and people before us help us to respond at that point in time. For Your Glory. Amen.