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Our cat Sam

My name is Bill. In our home we have a mom, a dad, four kids, four aquariums filled with brightly colored fish, a dog, and two cats. One of the cats is a Siamese. His name is Sam. Sam is alert and lively. He'll follow you around the house more like a puppy than a cat. He's also friendly and will start purring as soon as you pick him up.

Late one summer evening I went with my sisters Jessica and Molly to swim in a friend's pool across the street. Sam was playing in the front yard and decided to follow us into the street. He was struck by a car. We ran to him at once. The driver of the car stopped and said he was very sorry. I told him that it was not his fault. Jessica stayed with Sam while Molly and I told Mom and got a towel. Then, we carried Sam into the house to Jessica's bedroom. Jessica tried not to cry. This was not a time to cry but a time to pray. "God is Love!" I heard her say to Sam. "God is Love." This great Bible truth is what she gently told Sam. We attend a Christian Science Sunday School, where we'd learned that animals can feel God's love in their own way just as you or I can.

Molly and I went to my room to pray together. We wanted a quiet place where we could think about the way Sam really was—and is—now and forever. We prayed to see Sam as God made him—spiritual and perfect. Then, I found a passage in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy that reads, "Divine Life destroys death, Truth destroys error, and Love destroys hate" (p. 339). I thought a lot about what it means for Truth, God, to destroy error. I realized the error in this instance was that Sam got hit by a car. But the fact was that God is perfect and His creation reflects His perfection. So Sam is perfect, always was perfect, and always will be perfect. No accident could separate him from God, Truth, because Sam is a spiritual creation of God, and God cares for him always.

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A lesson from the garden
May 16, 1994

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