Love Never Fails

While our children were growing up, we reluctantly adopted a stray kitten who was lost in the fields by our house for two weeks when he was not yet fully weaned from our neighbor’s cat. He was wild and flea-bitten; emaciated and pitiful, but obviously intelligent. The first thing he did was bite my chin when I picked him up. I sternly explained the rules of the house, then firmly placed him on our back porch where he remained several days…with tuna and milk provided, of course. When we brought him back in and bathed him, he seemed to understand that it was all to help, and he did not resist. We called him “Tiger” because he was so untamed; later as he became more Garfield-like, his name evolved to “Tigger”.

Periodically when Tigger got a wild look in his eyes (which we came to understand meant that he needed to be outside where he could hunt and run free), we would accommodate by letting him roam until he decided to come home. He always returned before nightfall, so when he failed to come back that night, we began to anxiously search for him. After a couple of days, I made it an unalterable routine to stand on our front porch every morning and evening and call for him as loudly as I could. Ten days had elapsed and I was almost resigned to the fact that he wasn’t coming back…”Tigggrrrr” I called halfheartedly and turned to go back inside. I thought I heard a faint meow- I called out again louder and then distinctly heard “meow.” My heart beat faster and unbelievably, I spotted Tigger dragging his legs as he inched toward the porch. He was obviously badly injured; and as I scooped him up in my arms, I was incredulous over the fortunate turn of events.

1 Corinthians 13:8, “Love never fails…”

Although I had much love for our dear pet, my love would likely have eventually failed in that I would have finally given up on his return. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father loves us with a perfect love that never fails! We can be assured that our Father will never give up on us; He remains faithful even when we fail to remain faithful to Him.

Psalm 136:1, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever.”

3 Replies to “Love Never Fails”

    1. Yes, he healed and lived many more years- thanks for asking. He was a contented cat with a loud constant purr : )

  1. Beautiful read. Love… Jesus’ selfless, perfect, untiring love. May we love one another that way! Again, beautiful read.

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