Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas Eve!

"Bright Lights"
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

“Barks! It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house every creature was stirring but not any mouse.”

“MEOW! EERROOWWW!!! That’s because the human’s adopted me! The greatest cat ever! Mice are afraid of me! They run! They hide! They leave!”

“Woof! Could be true Samson. Tonight is a special night though. We are going for a walk with our humans.”

“Purrs, what? I don’t get to go for walks. Meowingly, I don’t even go outside! Hiss!”

“Woof! Samson, this is a special night- even Mom is going to go with us. See? She’s putting on her winter coat, boots, gloves, a scarf, and a hat? Usually, it’s Dad and I going for walks! WOOF!”

"Dog in The Snow"
Photo by Kate on Unsplash
“Meows, I know. I watch you two bundle up, grab a leash, and a few bags, out the door you go and I don’t see you for an hour or so! So nice and quiet when that happens!”

“Samson, Mom has a winter coat for you too. She bought a really nice one and a Christmasy collar and leash so you can go with us. She’s excited to put it on you and take you with us so pawlease cooperate.”

“Paws, meow, of course, I will cooperate…. It’s MOTHER and I LOVE her. Without her, I wouldn’t be living in this pawsome home!”

“Woof, Let’s get dressed and ready. I’ve got my winter coat on! Thankfully, Dad never bought those winter boats some of his friends mentioned to him- I’d be so humiliated walking in those things.

The humans are all ready! They look like Eskimos! WOOF! WOOF! It must be really cold outside! You look so cute in your new winter coat, collar, and leash! First time I’ve seen a cat in a leash! You look right dapper Samson!”

“HISS! HISS! This is just so embarrassing but I love Mom so I’ll do it!”

“It’s awfully quiet out here this evening Samson. Kind of strange. Yes, there’s a light snow falling which sometimes seems to make the universe settle down becoming very quiet. But, this night is unusual …. So quiet you can almost hear a snowflake hit the ground. WOOF! Are you OK Samson?”

“Meow, purrs….Yes, but I’m not sure what this is all about. I see other humans walking their cats too! Do you see that too? Does that happen all the time?”

“Barks! Yes, I see it too- but no, it doesn’t happen all the time. First time I’d seen a cat on a leash and going for a walk is with you!

"Deer in the Snow"
Photo by Teddy Kelley on Unsplash
And, look, there’s the herd of deer we often see in the backyard! And the ones we see crossing the Parkway on our evening walks! WOOF! Barks! And there’s little Bambi! She was just born a few weeks ago Samson!”


“Barks, those are the critters who live in the field behind the house! We don’t see them very often because they come out at night or when they are certain we aren’t around! Woof!

Have you noticed Samson that none of the deer and other critters are afraid of us? It looks like they are going for a walk too. They seem to be hanging out with a few young boys and girls who to be the ones taking care of them who are headed to the light too!”

“Noah, I’d never seen any of these critters, except maybe a few deer which happen to roam into our yard while I’m staring out the window! But…. Noah… what is that bright light ahead of us? It seems to come down from the heavens down to the ground. Ever seen that before?”

“WOOF! Oh, my barks! No, Samson, never seen that before and it sure is bright! And, look all the humans, their dogs and cats and the critters and the deer we just saw are heading straight toward the light like we are!”

“Meow, purrs, meow. Yes, Noah, this is an interesting walk … to meow the least!”

The family continues walking and meeting more people with their pets and a few other of nature’s critters on their walk.

“Hey, Noah! Have you noticed how the bright light seems to be getting brighter as we walk toward it!

“Yes, I have, I am sniffing to see if I can learn what it is! WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! Not sure Samson but don’t worry! Dad and Mom are here! They will protect us if need be! Woof!

“HISS! HISS! HISS! NOAH! WHAT”S THAT! HISS! HISS! Coming down from the heavens!”
“Woof! Not sure! It looks like an Angel! Mom and Dad aren’t too afraid so let’s paws with them!

The family pauses and looks to the sky to see an Angel coming toward them.

And the angel said to them, 
'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, 
who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: 
you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.'” 

- Luke 2:10-11

“Noah, suddenly I fell calm and relaxed. Like every fear is gone.”

“Woof! Me too.”

The family continues to walk toward the light, which appears to become brighter and brighter as they get closer. They notice a huge crowd of people surrounding where the bright light comes to the ground.

“Oh, my barks!”

“Oh, my meows!”

“Look Samson! There, where the light ends, is a stable with a manger. Looks like a mom and a dad with a baby!”

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; 
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” 

- Isaiah 9:6

Jesus Christ is Born!

May you have a blessed Merry Christmas!

"The Nativity"
Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

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