“He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.” (Ps 147:3)
Our white cat, Dusty is my son, JJ’s favorite pet. They have a special connection that is a delight to see. After she finishes her dinner at night Dusty will run into JJ’s room to sleep on the pillow beside him. During the day she will follow him around, nap peacefully in his arms, and even answer with a “meow” every time he calls her name.
A few months ago, however, Dusty began to lose weight. She ate less and less and lost some of her fur. She stopped following JJ around and found a hiding space in my daughter’s old closet. She came out only to drink water and then quickly retreated to her hiding spot each day. I was sure for a time that we were going to lose her and prayed to God that she would return to health. I didn’t want my son to lose his furry friend. Thankfully, after a few weeks she started to spend time outside the closet again. She began to drink some milk and even started eating her cat food once more. Soon her fur grew back and she gained weight. Once again she became my son’s constant companion and I thanked God for bringing her back to him.
I can understand too why she had gone off by herself to take the time to heal from her illness. There have been many times in my own life when I have been beaten and battered by the troubles and pains of this world. There have been times when fear, sickness and sadness have overwhelmed me. There have been times when I have just needed to find a quiet place in my own soul to heal, to think, and to talk to God.
Joyfully, every time I have done so God has been there to fill me with His love and to heal my heart. Each time God has brought me back to the world better and stronger than I was before. When life beats you down then don’t give up. Go within. Go to God. Allow His love to fill you and to heal you. And then go out and share that love with the world.
By: Joseph J. Mazzella