Sadness Bounded by Joy

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This weekend, we had to say goodbye to our dear senior cat, Kiki—queen of powerful purrs, responsive meows, pillowy fur, and gentle yet persistent snuzzles of affection. Her health declined in a matter of days, and she died naturally at home, more peacefully than we dared to hope. But man, it hurts.

Finding comfort in a recent Christian Courier reflection by Brian Bork (sixth piece down on the page), which includes this prayer that theologian Stanley Hauerwas wrote, upon the death of his cat, about the grace of loving, being loved by, and remembering animal companions:

“Passionate Lord, by becoming one of us, you revealed your unrelenting desire to have us love you. As we were created for such love, you have made us to love your creation and through such love, such desire, learn to love you. We believe that every love we have you have given us. Tuck’s love of us, and our love of him, is a beacon, a participation, in your love of all your creation. We thank you, we sing your praise, for the wonderful life of this cat. His calm, his dignity, his courage, his humor, his needs, his patience, his always ‘being there,’ made us better, made our love of one another better, made us better love you. We will miss him. Help us not fear remembering him, confident that the sadness such memory brings is bounded by the joy that Tuck existed and, with us, is part of your glorious creation, a harbinger of your peaceable kingdom. Amen.”

Sweet lady “Keek,” thanks for being such a wonderful kitty to us. We sure miss you.

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