“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles…” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV
Thanksgiving Devotional Day 23
Annie moved to a new town to start over after the loss of her spouse. She found a new job that she enjoyed. She filled her days with activities to help her cope with the sadness and grief that she regularly experienced.
But nights were hard. Annie had always had trouble sleeping and now without her husband nearby, the emptiness was overwhelming. Often, she’d turn the TV on a low volume, just to feel like she wasn’t alone.
A few weeks after their move, Annie’s daughter found a sick, underfed cat who had given birth to two kittens. Knowing the mama cat wasn’t well prompted her daughter to act. Since it was late fall and the night air was often chilly, she brought the kittens inside.
Annie helped her daughter feed the kittens from a tiny dropper. At night, the kittens would cuddle with Annie on the couch. They’d purr as she watched TV and the sound comforted Annie’s heart.
Pets can be one way that God comforts us in stressful situations. He sends furry friends to love on us and lift our spirits when needed.
God, thank you for the gift of [pet’s name]. Their friendship has encouraged and comforted me time and time again.