I recently found something I wrote when Amy’s cat was dying:
My wife’s cat is dying. Amidala is a big Siamese with a sour attitude and a bad heart. The vet said that her heart is enlarged and misplaced, and that she wouldn’t live long.
I have to say, losing that cat would not be hard for me.
For one thing, she’s hard to love. She’s mean spirited and vindictive. I can walk into the room, bend over and pet her and she will spin around and bite me. But my wife Amy loves her. And Amidala loves Amy. It’s ridiculous! The cat follows her around all day. They nuzzle and sleep together she’s like a child. To the rest of us, the cat’s a villain like some kind of a witch.
In full disclosure, the cat and I got off to a bad start. Amy was on a Women’s Bible Study weekend and the boys and I wanted to do something huge for her birthday. At the time, Amy was driving an aging mini-van. I had a pickup. She loved the Dodge Durangos. So I went out and traded my truck for a new Durango. Me and four boys were in dealership trying to negotiate for literally hours. We brought it home, put it in the garage with a big bow on it, and waited for Amy to arrive.
Just as she pulled into the drive, a man came up with a box of kittens. Amy stopped and looked at the kittens and out popped Amidala. Amy was ooing and aahing over the Amidala while we were trying to spring her new car on her.
“Hey Amy, look what we did.” The garage door goes up. “Ta-da!”
Amy said, “That is wonderful! A new car. Look at this cute little kitten!”
Upstaged by a CAT!
Now the cat’s dying. I have to admit, I feel for her. As I watched her struggle to breath, the thought occurred to me: we are more tender to this cat than we are to some people.
We will care for this broken cat until she breaths her last breath, but let a person get broken and we quickly discard them. I have a friend who likes to say, “Don’t shoot the wounded. The church is the only army that shoots its wounded.” We don’t do that with broken cats. Can’t we do better with broken people?
…if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1)