A Little Encouragement
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The Stray

Written by Dallas Pepper on March 3rd, 2016.

When I was 17 I got a kitten. He had been a stray found under my porch and taken inside. I tried to pet him and he hissed. But I was determined. At one point he forgot I was there and wandered close to me. I reached out to grab him, expecting him to bite or scratch. Instead he melted. He started purring and snuggled up to me. After that he became my shadow. He never wanted to be separated from me. I recall someone trying to take him off my lap and he sank his claws in to my jeans. He refused to leave even to get a treat. In the same way Jesus Christ pursued me despite my protest. He snatched me up and in his hand I found everything I never realized I wanted and needed. I will not be removed.

Verses:

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life” - Psalm 23:6

38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38-39

36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among[a] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” - Luke 7:36-50

Songs:

Heart Won't Stop
The More I Seek You
I Belong To You
How He Loves Us
You Have Ravished My Heart
Closer
Abba (Cling To You)