As I walked slowly

Every step let me know

That pain was my rude visitor

And would not let me go


January frozen white

And ice along the way

Threatened to pull me down

As I traveled that day


I had just been in the emergency room

Where time was always short

Where clipboards and people in white

Poked me and made me contort


And a doctor briefly spoke the impersonal

And briefly checked me over

And briefly wrote down a few words

And said I had to move over


And they whisked me into X-Ray

And I lay down on a table

And they moved and quickly stretched me

When I was barely able


And then I walked beside a nurse

Who led me out the door

Very quickly, very briefly

And I wondered, “What did I come here for?”


Pain was my only companion

As I walked back outside

I never knew things could hurt this bad

As I waited for my ride


And later at home sitting on a couch

I thought about this day

I felt an avalanche of sorrow

For things that came my way


It was a time I hoped tomorrow

Would be a better day

I looked around the empty room

And was filled with dismay


And then our cat “Sugar”

Put his front paws on the couch

And slowly, gently pulled himself up

Upon my lap to crouch


And slowly, gently raising his head

He nudged me with his face

He pushed his nose into my heart

As though it were an embrace


Sugar knew that I was hurting then

And the tears I couldn’t hide

Sugar knew a way to tell me that day

He saw the pain inside.


I couldn’t believe what he was doing

And later I would come to know

That Sugar had his own pain inside

And he was sick but I didn’t know


Two weeks later to the Vet we took him

And sadly we were told

That Sugar wouldn’t get any better

He was sick and very old;


And we had to put him down that day

And say “Goodbye” and walk away…


But I will never forget our cat Sugar

Whose own needs he set aside

To gently climb up in my lap

And be close to my side…


By Randy Stahla  Copyright 2007

This is so amazing - that a pet would do this. I will never forget what happened that day, or this special cat. It always reminds me of what the Lord did for us. He set aside his own needs and so that He could attend to our needs. He put Himself last, and us first.

There was once a lady who misquoted John 3:16 to her Pastor. She said, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only forgotten Son...” Instead of correcting her with the word “begotten,” her Pastor asked, “Why do you think God forgot His Son?”

She answered, “I guess so He could remember us...”

The day Jesus died on the cross, his enemies made fun of him. They said, “He saved others (before He went to the cross), but (now) He cannot save himself!”

How true it was! If Jesus had saved himself, we wouldn’t have been saved.

Jesus set his own life aside for us, but then He rose from the dead. His life is indestructible, and He wants everyone to have this kind of life. You can have it simply by asking for it. “Dear Lord Jesus, come into my life, forgive me of all I have done wrong; help me to forgive others who have hurt me, and be the boss of my life.”

This may only be a short, simple prayer, but Jesus also said, “You must receive the Kingdom of God like a little child.” They may only be words, but Proverbs says, “Life and death are in the power of what you say.”

Please ask Christ into your life today if you don’t know Him, and have faith in Him and what He has done for you.

“For God so loved ________ (put in your name), that He gave His one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that everyone who believes in Him will have life...”  John 3:17

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