animal friends. It led me this week to think about how calm, mostly, my animal pal Wyatt is – except when tennis balls fly or it is meal time.
Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and these things will be given to you as well.”
I ran across this thought:
“If you can start your day without caffeine,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook it when people take things out on you,When, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can eat the same food, day-after-day, and be grateful for it,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs…
…If you can do ALL these things, then, you are almost certainly the family pet!”
In the spirit of the words of Jesus, recorded by his early followers, and passed down by his Church, we all need to “stress less.” We need to stress less, and live within the confidence that God loves us, and calls us not to worry – and even sends us messengers (whether four-legged, or two-winged, or whatever) to be a constant reminder to us of that reality.