Given a new life. Take comfort in it.


This week’s theme seems to be how God uses each of us to do great things. For example, the Betty White Challenge helped an array of animal rescue agencies, in Barrie and beyond. Many people gave a little and together, their funds will do a lot.

One such agency is Furry Friends Animal Shelter in Barrie. It does its work alongside Marie’s Cat Rescue and Street Cats, as well as the OSPCA. Each of these agencies works with its volunteers and cares for cats as they offer them shelter and hope for new life with a family. Furry Friends is where Ivan landed after volunteers rescued him from a cat hoarder’s house, where there were more than 60 cats. Ivan was verging on wild those few short years ago.

This week is also the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. We at St. Andrew’s joined in the worship service at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic. All were welcome.

At St. Andrew’s, we also work with other churches, especially our neighbouring churches in the downtown core on the Little Food Pantry Project. Together, we offer relief and a bit of nourishment to those who seek it.

The community cat rescue work reinforces this theme. Poppy – the black house panther – arrived in a litter of kittens born to a mom rescued by Street Cats. Poppy loves plants and soaking up the sun.

So what’s the message? The work each of us does has an impact. Together, we have even more impact.

As Christians, we know what it means to be “redeemed” or “adopted”. These words take on more significance when we adopt a pet, whether from a pet store or a shelter. We bring the animal home and into our lives, offer it food and shelter and build a relationship. That’s what God does  for us.

Stay in the Light and stay warm.