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Once Upon A Time

When I was a child and to this day, I have loved fairy tales. To me a fairy tale is something that is half-truth and half imagination. I think as a little girl, Cinderella was my favorite.

I thought I would tell you a bit of a fairy tale in this Blog.

Once upon a time there was a little girl, who was the 2nd born into the family of a young couple living in Washington, D.C. The first born child was also a girl. The mom and dad were very happy to have two little girls.

At first everything seemed to be fine, but it didn’t take long to realize something was definitely wrong. Soon there were numerous doctor visits, hospital stays and lots of therapy. Concern and fear for the future for their little girl took over their lives. For a while it was disappointment after disappointment as all the problems piled up and the special needs increased.

Yet, there were these wonderful moments where the God’s love was so evident. The way the older child loved the younger, even though the younger require so much care from the mom and dad. It seemed that it spite of the fact that the needs of the younger had to, by demand, take time away from the older child, there was this great love between the two.

Over time and with much prayer and therapy, the child began to talk, walk, feed herself, and learn some things. Then one day, God decided to show, a special need that would greatly bless this young child. God revealed to the mom and dad that a pet could be a special friend to the little girl. It would be something she could help care for and feed. The pet would need to be gentle and need her for a friend as well.

The answer, a cat! Over 30 years have gone by and over time there have been cats who have been best friends to this precious, now adult young woman who loves God, her family, works in food services at the hospital, and is in the Special Olympics. Her cat is her best friend. She talks to him like he is a person and often he meows back.

A few years after her dad died, her beloved cat, Zach, died. These two events made her sad. She understood heaven, but was very lonely.

It was decided that we needed to find another kitten for her to love. At the same time God created a cat, white, with a black tail and black spots and beautiful green eyes. Some children found him at a dumpster, near a Goodwill store. They took him to a cat rescue. Of course you probably have already figured out the rest of this story. Shelly (the little girl, now grown), her mom and sister, found him in the shelter where the children had taken him.

His name is Isaac (she likes to give her beloved cats Bible names, and takes the search for the right name very seriously).

God was so aware of this mentally challenged women that he created this beautiful cat for her, who loves her, wants to be with her, and already realizes his assignment. AMAZING!

If God cares this much for Shelly, think how much he is aware of us, not only in the big things of our life, also for the things that bring us joy.

There is always reason for gratitude and acknowledgement of how great and full God’s love is for us. See his gentle hand allowing us to care for others, so that we might feel his heart. What door is God having you open that will change, bless and teach you?

Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord appeared in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.”


Anne Pierson is the Director of Ministry Services for Loving and Caring, Inc., a national ministry whose mission is to provide resources, training, and encouragement to life-affirming people and organizations.

3 Responses

  1. Callie Neff says:

    I love this Miss Anne. I love watching you with Shelly and seeing the love you have for her and she for you.

  2. Paul Stanley says:

    Thanks for the memories. Anne and Jim (now deceased) were especially good friends of myself and my wife Sharon)at Landover Christian Church,. We miss them more then you will ever know. I look forward to joining Jim one day. At age 77, that might not be that far away. I hope and pray that Anne is well.
    Again, thanks for the memories.
    Paul (not Saul)

  3. alice murchie says:

    What a continued blessing you are to so many, dear Anne. We love your family and have prayed often for each of you. If Shelly remembers us at all, please tell her we send our love in Jesus to her….Alice and Cheri. Am meditating on Jeremiah again! thank you

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