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Ferrell Cats and Christmas

Two years ago Rachael discovered a family of Ferrell kittens and tried to befriend them. As they began to trust her, the weather turned bitter cold. She took one home as a pet, and he happily adapted. The others she placed in a pet carrier and took them to the animal shelter in Summit County. It was a cold December day when she made the long pilgrimage to Coalville in her effort to find a place where the kittens could be adopted.
 
With visions of the kittens warming themselves in the shelter, she picked up the pet carrier and walked from the car toward the building. However, the frightened cats had no idea they were about to be rescued. When the door on the carrier suddenly unlatched, the cats found their freedom, and escaped into the snowy hills. The temperature was below freezing, and was to dip well below zero in the next day or so.
 
Ferrell cats adapt to the cold, and perhaps they found shelter and food, although it was now an unfamiliar environment. Rachael had hoped for so much more. She thought of her furry friends searching desperately for food when they could have been adopted into a loving home. She imagined them huddling under a bridge when they might have lived with a warm and friendly family. Yet there was nothing she could do. She had done her best and they made their choice.
 
We make choices too. Sometimes our choices provide a loving home for our spirits, but other choices leave us out in the cold. We then become accustomed to living with a level of anxiety and come to think it's normal. We even think our lives are a kind of happiness, devoid of pressures which, in the past, caused stress. We adapt to the current trend of blaming environment, parents, circumstances for our depression. We simply acclimate to having lost our former sense of peace, much like Ferrell kittens who adapt to their hostile environment.
 
But God offered us much, much more. True joy comes from Jesus Christ.
 
"These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15: 5, 11)
 
At this season of Christmas we love the decorations, the spirit of peace on earth, the lights, the friendliness of others. My personal witness is that there's even a better reason we love the Christmas Season. It's the power of Jesus Christ to bring joy to our suffering hearts. We feel that peace at this season even when we haven't given our hearts to Him. How much more would we feel peace and joy if we gave up the worldliness of our own thinking and just knelt in humility to repent for our prideful thoughts and worldly ambition.
 
I know Jesus Christ is there for us. The only true joy and peace in our lives will be through Him. He knows how to lift us out of this ugly world and give us a better view. He truly is the Savior of the world, the Savior of my family, the Savior of my soul.

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