It’s actually cold outside, with an expected low of 39 degrees. 

For a long time tonight, I have been sitting in a recliner, reading the Bible and some devotional material and also talking with my sister on the phone. 

My cat has been with me, lying on the top of the back of my chair, above my head. At times, he climbs down to be petted or held. 

We have had this cat as a member of our family for four and a half years. 

He came to our yard in 2012, starving and in sad condition. 

His body was long and lank. 

Adopting him as our own, we took him to the veterinarian and saw to his medical needs.

We fed him and loved him. 

Within a short amount of time, he was in much better condition.  

He is a most loving cat, greeting us every day as we come home from work. 

It is common for him to want to lie near us as he has done tonight. 

In his own way, he is telling us that he is grateful to have been rescued from his life of poverty and ill health. 

With every purr I feel in my chest when I am holding him, I sense that he is happy to be loved and to belong to us. 

Before I became a Christian, I was like our cat when he came to the yard. 

I had been living on my own, trying to survive by making my own decisions. 

Sometimes they were good decisions—many times they were not. 

I came to a point where I felt like I was emotionally starving. 

More accurately, I was spiritually starving. 

I finally decided to ask God for forgiveness of my sins. God forgave me and adopted me into His family. Jesus died on the cross, paying the penalty for my sin, allowing this gift of forgiveness to be offered to me. 

I am no longer starving spiritually. 

Our cat wants to be close to us. 

He is grateful for all we’ve done for him. 

I want to be close to God out of gratitude for all He has done for me…
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

—Colossians 3:16

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