Purr More…Hiss Less

1-28By Suzanne McMillan of East Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA

If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

—Romans 12:18

Abby has bounded into our lives and hearts. She is a 10-week-old Labrador retriever. Our family has never experienced puppyhood before, so we’ve been especially charmed by her enthusiastic tail-wagging, and constant puppy antics. She likes dragging bags of groceries down the hall, chasing butterflies (and her tail), hiding shoes, and biting the heads off daffodils.

Then there are the endless attempts to befriend the cat.

Ah…the cat! On Abby’s arrival she quickly adopted a look of “We are not amused” on her delicate face. Close encounters have not been successful. We are vigilant about their meetings, as the kitty is assertive in her swats. Despite our attempts at diplomacy, hope seemed to be fading for a furry friendship until our oldest daughter made an unusual discovery.

Walking into the house in the wee hours of the morning she found the cat and the puppy sitting close together, seemingly enjoying each other’s company. No barks, no hissing, and no evident trauma. Skeptics would say the kennel door wasn’t latched properly that night, but we like to think the cat rose to nobler purpose and let the puppy out so they could work things out.

Can pets forgive one another? Can they mediate? Perhaps not. But we still can learn from them a lesson of Unity in Diversity. If cats and dogs can live together peacefully, why can’t we?

Prayer for Peace
Creator God, we realize peace depends on us. Teach us the lessons and give us the courage to live peacefully with all.

Spiritual Practice: Peace Action
Community of Christ is called to ministries of peace, reconciliation, and healing of the spirit. PeacePathways is a church-sponsored website that shares peace and justice ministries, resources, and opportunities.

Visit http://www.kidpeace.org and prayerfully discern one ministry that speaks to you or captures your attention. Offer a prayer of blessing on the peace ministry you have selected. Listen quietly to see if God is calling you to additional responses to this ministry or another ministry of peace, reconciliation, or healing. If you cannot visit the website, offer a prayer of blessing on all peace ministries.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will purr more and hiss less.

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