Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Seven baskets over...

As a hopeless softie where animals are concerned, and the property of no less than 2 dogs, 3 cats and a couple of ponies, I sometimes feel rather uncomfortable about the care lavished upon our domestic pets, when there are so many people, near and far, who are living lives of terrible deprivation. My discomfort is never quite sufficient to force me to banish the pets from our lives,- and realism confirms that even if I did, I would be unlikely to do something helpful and generous with the money no longer needed for food and vet bills. I would just become unreasonably grumpy:I did manage for almost 3 years of university with nary a pet to my name, - but the moment I became a post- grad student I acquired a cat, and have never looked back, to my huge relief.
So, I enjoyed reading Songbird's post today about the work of the wonderful people who are running animal shelters in the Katrina disaster area...and I thought about the way human kindness and love need not be finite , any more than is God's grace.
When the five thousand were fed, there were still baskets left over, which presumably were shared with the local fauna...because, you know, there is enough to go round. We simply need to open our hands as well as our hearts.

4 comments:

Lorna said...

I loved songbirds post too - but what you wrote, takes the biscuit. There is ALWAYS enough left over ! God gives abudantly.

mary said...

Time for a bit of heaning - I can't get the link to work, and I MISS MY CATS! Visiting them is not the same as having them on my bed.... although the advantage is that my black trousers don't look like harris tweed any more.

Kathryn said...

the reason you can't make the link work, Mary my friend, is because it's a rubbish link. Sorry. When I went into edit, it looked as if it ought to be working...but I've deleted and tried again, with the same miserable result. Apologies. Just don't understand it.....
It's small consolation, I know, but though I have 3 cats in residence I have not been allowed any of them on the marital bed for coming on for 21 years now...it is a huge deprivation.
I do, seriously,sympathise hugely.

Songbird said...

Kathryn, it worked when I tried it. Thanks for linking to my story and sharing yours.