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Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)
TITLE: I Couldn't Say No
By Peggy Yengling
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Her eyes pierced my heart as they spilled drops of tears.
Clutched in her arms was a ball of soft fur
Wriggling and mewing and trying to purr.
My eyes couldn’t stray from that dear little fluff
I reached out to stroke him - I couldn’t get enough.
The dear little girl said sadly to me,
I can’t keep him myself, but I don’t want him to flee.
While the options raced through my mind and my heart
The debating wore on and tore me apart.
Finally, it was my heart that won out
And I knew the outcome, without any doubt.
I embraced my new kitty and spoke tenderly,
“You’re no longer alone, you will always have me.
I will love you forever and protect you from harm
So, don’t be afraid; do not be alarmed.”
This precious little kitty was the first of many strays
Adopted into our family - how they brightened our days.
Most were very lovable and never showed resistance
While others were more challenging and tested our persistence.
Our ‘family’ of kitties remained for many years
Bringing joy to us and fun to all their peers.
We gathered them in, all colors, shapes, and sizes,
So full of affection and clever surprises.
Jesus also gathers ‘strays’ into His loving arms
To be fed and nurtured and kept from evil’s harms.
I wonder what He thinks as He opens up His door
And sees us standing there, needing love and so much more.
He never turns away or says, ‘There is no room.”
Instead, He welcomes us and teaches us to bloom.
He gives our life new meaning and grooms us to be fit
To enter the glorious Mansion where our Heavenly Father Sits.
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