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I don’t usually do “cutesy” talks.  

I mean, clever, absolutely.  Maybe occasionally a bit whimsical.  I like a good pun as much as the next person, and I LOVE a bad pun.   I’ll shamelessly sling ridiculous jokes.  And I think I’m pretty skilled at addressing even my heaviest existential angst with a fair dose of lightness and fun.  

But “cute?”  Not so much.  

So I was really resistant to my own brain when I kept thinking about doing a talk about the wisdom of my cats.  (As I write this, it occurs to me that this might not sound “cute” so much as “crazy,” but whatever, you know what I mean.)

It started a few weeks ago when I was at my desk preparing my Sunday message with my big orange tabby, Val, sprawled across the keyboard for about 3 hours.  She was being darned sweet, but she was slowing me down considerably.  And I was snorting fluffs of cat hair with every keystroke.  I took a picture of her and shared it on social media.  

Someone commented, “What a good helper!”  My semi-sarcastic reply was something about her astonishing theological insights — Naps, Treats, and Snuggles.

Then I went back to suffering through my work — agonizing about whether or not what I was writing was any good, feeling tired and over caffeinated at the same time, and worried that the bagful of goldfish crackers I had just snarfed down in about 3 minutes was transforming immediately into back-fat… 

It was only later that I wondered seriously if Val might be on to something.

Thinking about it now, it seems to me that naps, treats, and snuggles are pretty solid priorities.  Especially compared to what I too often find to be my own habitual defaults:  exhaustion, self-recrimination, and feelings of inadequacy and loneliness.

So this week’s talk might be a little cute.   Or weird.  Or both.  Channeled cat-wisdom, because Val and Flo told me so.

I can’t wait to see you this Sunday, September 29.  Service at 10:00 am, at Bosque Center for Spiritual Living.  XO, Drew

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