Gray Cat’s Journey: From Survival to Learning Love

Gray Cat’s Journey: From Survival to Learning Love

Homeless Gray Cat continues to be around every other morning or so. I started leaving little bowls of food for him and trying to get near him. Yesterday he actually touched my hand with his nose. Gray seemed surprised that anyone would want him around, let alone love him again. Then  he decided to stick around for a while. My kittens, Dalai and Carmel, told me in no way, that they wanted him gone, he was too scary. Matted, angry, frightened, and willing to fight to survive, Gray Cat decided that if he was going to stay, he had to show his dominance. What Gray Cat does not seem to get is that the same skills that have allowed him to survive are the same behaviors that are making it hard for him to be welcomed in.  As he chased Carmel under the neighbor’s deck, as I stood guard to protect Carmel from Gray’s skills, I tried to talk to Gray. “Look Gray, I’m happy to have you here. I’ll feed you and you can live here, but you need to learn better ways, you need to learn to allow yourself to be loved.” After I got Carmel out from under my neighbor’s deck, my neighbor came out of his house and looked at me standing in his yard, “Sorry for the intrusion, but my cat was cornered by Gray. I think the disagreement is over.” After I explained the situation, he asked me for some kitty treats and walked over to Gray and began to talk to him. Gray ran. The story continues – I hope.

I think in part that is what the scripture is about. As people who are loved by God, we are called to love each other. The problem for so many is that being loving and being loved can be a scary experience. We tended to revert to what has kept us safe, and unforgivably alone. Love is about adapting to new ways of being. Love is hard to give and sometimes harder to receive. It is always about learning new ways. And like Gray Cat, we are continually surprised by love.

Blessings,

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