The Power of Purrayer
The column below was written by Hank Arends in the Statesman Journal about the power of purrayer and the Internet in healing our sick cats or managing our grief when a pet goes to The Bridge.
Whether you believe in a higher power or not, the purrayers and pawsitive energy you send or receive online to help get through difficult times with your pets can be both transformative and unbearable. It's an amazing feeling knowing that hundreds of people across the planet are praying for your missing cat's return or successful surgery. When your cat goes to The Bridge, the outpouring of love and support from like-minded folks you've never met can mean more than condolences from anyone else.
But it's also a burden. When you interact on Catster or the blogosphere, you meet and grow to love hundreds of cats as if they were your own. When one dies, it's nearly as bad a blow as if your own cat had passed away.
Have you ever been on the giving or receiving end of a virtual prayer blanket? How did you feel? Did it hurt or help? Does pawsitive paw power have healing properties? Read the column and tell me about your experiences.
Can cats be a cause for prayer?
Scott Wood, youth associate at Calvary Baptist Church in Salem, would quickly say, "Yes!"
He told of his family's cat Mac dying recently. The cat had been with them for 14 years, through countless moves in two states.
"Janine and I used to say that Mac was our first kid."
He admits to often taking Mac for granted, but now knows the animal is really missed.
"The thing that struck me so much was how something so small could cause SO many people to pray. When my wife found out that Mac was sick, she and I both put it out on Facebook that we needed people to pray for our cat.
"Within minutes we had people throughout Oregon and California praying for this cat. One of our friends later revealed that her and her roommates were gathering together to pray for Mac."
Word also filtered back that people in Europe were also praying for Mac.
"Seems kinda cool and weird all at the same time that so many would unite to pray for our cat."
Wood said the lessons he learned through the experience was first that God called us to be good stewards of the animals, along with family, money and physical goods.
Secondly, Mac was supposed to die in two days but lived on for another month, showing the power of prayer.
He reflected, "If we can unite the world over my sick cat, we should be able to unite in prayer as the church constantly for each other."
[SOURCE: Hank Arends, statesmanjournal.com; PHOTOS: quitor.com; sodahead.com]