The dreaded, "mew."
I went to the other side of the road and there he was.
He was confused. And he was helpless. That's pretty much how I felt about seeing him too. The last thing this animal circus needed was another cat. But there was no place else for him to go. Despite my attempts to bribe kennel clients to take him - even offering to reduce their bill - no takers. He was completely unwanted.
Have you ever felt that way? Feeling unwanted, confused, and helpless are unpleasant emotions, but I bet if we're honest more people feel them than are willing to admit.
When Jesus talked to the crowds, he had compassion on them. Because they were confused and helpless. He took them in, feeding them not with just physical food but the Truth. And that truth would set them free if they only believed.
The Good News is the same today as it was then. You are wanted by Jesus. He provides light to dispel the darkness of our confusion. When we feel helpless, Jesus is still on your side. Run to Him. You have a home with Him you can enjoy not just now, but through eternity.
Captain is still going strong at his age, very active and engaged. He enjoys terrorizing the other cats and doing some seriously bad cat behavior. Yet somehow I manage to forgive him anyway and let him back in the house.
That's good news for us too - God's grace covers a multitude of sins.