by J. Gerald Harris

A Christmas Celebration
Gerald Harris
Luke 2:17-20

Sometimes things happen that we aren't expecting. A while back I heard a story about a pastor and a little kitten. His kitten had climbed up a tree in his backyard and was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, called and yelled - all to no avail. The kitty would not come down.

The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he looped a rope around the top of the sapling and tied the other end to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. He did all this, checking his progress frequently. Then he figured if he went just a little bit further the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten.

But as he moved a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went "boing!" and the kitten instantly sailed through the air, out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they had seen the little kitten. No, nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, "Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on about his business.

A few days later, while at the grocery store, he met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. Now, this woman was a cat-hater and everyone knew it. So he asked her, "Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?"

She replied, "You won't believe this," and told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing her. Then a few days before the child begged again, so the mom finally told her little girl, "Well, if God gives you a cat I'll let you keep it."

And then she said to her pastor, "I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees and ask God for a cat. And really, pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky with its paws spread o ...

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