Matthew 28:20b – And lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. (RSV)
Recently, our daughter set up her first apartment, three hours from home. Thinking a furry friend would be good company for her, she headed to the SPCA and brought home a four-week-old kitten rescued from a dumpster. She fought valiantly to save her, but after ten days, Pussy Willow succumbed. Two weeks later, Hope, rescued from the side of the road, arrived.
Hope has done well and has been good company for our daughter, but now the time has come for her mistress to get a job. She expressed some concern that Hope would be lonely by herself all day. Then last weekend, she and a friend rescued two cats being mistreated by a group of youth. One was limping and had a gash on her head. Rousing a vet in the middle of the night, the girls took the kitten for treatment. Unable to find the owner, our daughter has decided to keep Una. Along with being company for Hope, slightly older Una is teaching Hope some manners.
For each of these kitties in turn, our daughter has been there for them in their time of need. At the same time, they have been there for her, to give unconditional love and friendship. The same is true of our Lord Jesus. He promised to be there always for us. Even when we are not aware of it or do not turn to Him for the support He offers, He is there waiting for us to remember His promise to be with us always.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us always to remember that You are there for us, no matter what the circumstances. You are our friend and will not leave us. Forgive us, Lord, when we try to go it alone. We give You thanks that You are our constant source of strength and guidance. Amen.