Today I got to meet Sammy. Sammy is a very welcoming, hospitable, and even therapeutic presence in the home of Julie and Hugh. Sammy is very loved.
He's been part of their family for about two years now. Before that he had another family who, upon needing to move to a new home where cats were not allowed, decided to take Sammy to a local veterinary clinic where he would be euthanized; not because there was anything wrong with him, just because they could not take him with them. Sammy seems to have forgiven them. So should we.
Thankfully two very caring and compassionate veterinary nurses made the decision to give Sammy hope. One of them took him home with her until a new forever home (with Julie and Hugh) could be found. So you see, there are a number of heroes in this story who stepped up to the plate in Sammy's hour of need.
Within the legal system it would have been legal and acceptable to euthanize Sammy. But seeing that he had more good life to live and they more love to give, they advocated for a different path. The two of them succeeded in completely altering the trajectory of Sammy's veterinary visit that day and of his life from that moment on!
I share Sammy's story with you because I think it shows what a profound difference one or two people can make in the trajectory of a life.
In his life and ministry Jesus gave hope to the hopeless (by healing people not just physically but by healing people into community) and empowered
his disciples to make a profound impact for the sake of love. When we create spaces of hope we follow the example of Jesus, and God finds expression in our lives. God
empowers us to do this every day.
Each of us has the power to make a profound impact for good in the lives of other human beings, in the lives of the creatures that are in our care, and for environments and ecosystems around the world.
As we seek to live into community with all that has life, let us be people of hope in Jesus' name.
Finding God, self, and community in wild spaces. The better we know our wild neighbors the more we'll discover ourselves.
A vision informed by Henry David Thoreau’s interpretation of sauntering, Jesus’ understanding of neighbor, Aldo Leopold’s concept of thinking like a mountain, Rachel Carson’s prophetic voice and John Muir’s way of capturing the beauty and uniqueness of wild neighbors with words.