Sunday, March 11, 2012

Master Theologian

A master theologian taught me many lessons. I studied under this theologian for a little over 16 years. 
Some of the lessons I learned under that theologian were:

1. Be always faithful to your master.
2. Be committed to what you do.
3. Persistence does pay off
4. Be careful what you eat
5. If it s not right, then don't do it.
6. Always have a desire to be close to the Master.

I was a member of the staff for this theologian. It was my privilege to learn under the great master theologian Meow-Meow. I will expound on the lessons I was taught.
1. Be always faithful to your master-- Meow-Meow was ever vigilant to listen for the sounds of her master. When she heard her master she would run to find him. Even when she was nearing death she would struggle to walk down the hall to where her master was. Ever faithful!
2. Be committed to what you do--never give up. Meow-Meow taught me that commitment is crucial. Meow-Meow would get it done if she wanted to do it. If she wanted to eat, she would eat. If she wanted to go outside she would scratch on the glass.
3. Persistence pays off--When Meow-Meow was dying, she fought valiantly to hang on. She did not want to leave us. So we stayed with her until she died. And, of course, if she wanted to get your attention she would just merely speak her name and your attention would be found.
4. Be careful what you eat--Meow-Meow was careful not to eat people food. She would only eat Science Diet food and, of course, only when she wanted to. She was not into shrimp and other things of the such, only "cat" food- not people food.
5. If it's not right, then don't do it--Meow-Meow used to sleep on the dryer, but when she was beginning to get weak we tried to move her bed to the floor-she wouldn't have it. It was not in the right place so it would not do. Also, her litter box had a top that enclosed it except for an opening on one end. We took that off so she could get in easier--nope, it was not right. We had to put the top back on the litter box before she would use it. (see # 3, above)
6. Always have a desire to be close to the Master.--She always wanted to be near me or she wanted me to be near her. So, I have learned from her, always have a strong desire to be with your Master.

Thank you to my good friend Meow-Meow for teaching me so much!

Friday, February 24, 2012

In this season of Lent 2012, as in all seasons of Lent, we focus on repentance, penitence and preparation for the resurrection. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. In the use of ashes we are reminded of our own mortality. We are reminded that nothing but God is forever. I am vividly reminded of this as I write. My very good friend of 16 plus years lies at my feet, dying. My wonderful companion of 16 years has renal failure and all that I can do for her is make her comfortable and be here with her. I found her, or maybe she found me, when she was but a small kitten. I came out of Bible study and there she was, in the church parking lot north of Greensboro, Alabama in about 1996. When I took her home, even after I fed and watered her she would "meow, meow....meow...meow", hence, her name Meow-Meow. She has traveled with me to serve about 14 different churches in two different states. She has been a loving and faithful friend. She even liked to watch television. She is not gone yet...but I do not think it will be very long....let me pause and go and be with my good friend.....

(left)- Meow-Meow watching a TV show about hummingbirds! We loved to watch birds!
(left) In her bed in my home office

(above) 2005 in the kitchen at the parsonage on Zirlott Road

(left)- Feb. 24, 2012-a very sick kitty!