Prayers For a Sick Cat
Approximately one week ago our cat,Zoey, became ill. She was vomiting and eliminating bloody diarrhoea. We took her to the vets on Monday to get her checked out. The vet did a blood test but it didn’t indicate that anything was wrong with the cat. The vet gave us some medication to give to the cat but Zoey would just vomit her medications back up.
A neighbour friend of ours went with me to take the cat back to the vet to get an x-ray as it was possible that the cat had swallowed a foreign object that was obstructing its bowel. The X-ray did not show any obstruction. My wife, our friend and I were relieved to learn that no obstruction was found. If the cat did have an obstruction the treatment would likely need to be surgery.
Before we took Zoey to the vets Martha and I prayed over the cat for supernatural healing. Those who know me know that I am a faith guy who believes that supernatural healing is still available today. I have done a lot of study on this subject and have learned that I need to practice praying for the sick. I believe that we are also to pray for our pets when they are sick and require healing. Recently, I have started praying with more boldness and expectation. While praying for our cat I put the Lord in remembrance of His promises. I got a word of knowledge to read aloud the scriptures from Malachi that pertain to God opening up the heavens for us and pouring upon us blessings way beyond our expectations. Although these specific scriptures are usually applied to prayers for financial blessings, I asked God to apply the blessing for healing for our cat. I told God that I wanted to see our cat healed as I wanted to see His power manifested and I wanted to give a good testimony of God’s will to heal. The result was that God made good on his promise.
Dean Sanderson turned his chair and moved closer to Dr. Lionel Phelge.
“Lionel, I may be crazy but I actually like your idea. Your timing is right. There have been a record number of reported Ogopogo sightings this summer. People are curious to know what others are seeing in Lake Okanagan. A well planned and executed research investigation conducted by The University of British Columbia would carry a lot of weight. How soon can you get your students together for the first planning meeting?”
“Probably in a matter of a few days. I know that Kyle Winter is chomping at the bit. He’s a real go getter, “answered Lionel.
“That’s great. Give me a call as soon as you have a verified meeting time set up. I hate to have to ask you this,Lionel,but are you up to a project like this? This investigation will require a lot of time and energy. It could also be physically demanding.”
“Yes, I’m ready for this,” Lionel replied. “I needed something to break me out of the funk I have been in over the last year and I believe this expedition is just what the doctor ordered.”
“You’re starting to sound like the Lionel Phelge I used to know before Edith’s passing. I’m both relieved and happy for you. We’ve been close friends and colleagues for many years now,” said Dean Sanderson.
“I’ll call you with the meeting info in a a day or two. Where should we hold the first planning meeting?”
“Right here in my office. Bring along all the students that want to be involved with the project,” said Dean Sanderson.
Just as Lionel got up from his chair he noticed something on the dean’s bookshelf directly behind his large oak desk. Lionel stood up and pointed to it.
“What’s that thing on your bookshelf ?” asked Lionel.
Dean Sanderson turned around in his swivel chair to see what his friend was referring to.
“This object you mean?”
Dean Sanderson started to laugh. It’s a clay model I made of Ogopogo when I was in grade five.”
“I didn’t know that you also had an interest in Ogopogo?”
Ryan’s dad was just coming down the stairs after taking a short nap. During his nap he dreamed that he saw Ogopogo. John Richards could see that his son had brought home a guest and he was eager to meet her. Ryan’s father was immediately struck by how attractive Monique looked. This shouldn’t have surprised him as Ryan had brought home many attractive girls. Still, there was something different about Monique. She was so full of joy that she almost appeared to glow.
As soon as John got to the bottom of the stairs he extended his hand to Monique. “Hi, Monique. I’m Ryan’s father. I’m surprised that my son made a friend so quickly. This is our first day here.”
“I’m very pleased to meet you, sir,” said Monique.
“You’re very polite but you don’t need to call me, sir. John, will do just fine.”
“Okay, I’m very pleased to meet you, John.”
This made John laugh. “Why don’t you and Ryan have a seat on the sofa?”
Aunt Meg had just come in through the back door. She had been in her backyard picking vegetables. Ryan introduced her to Monique.
“Can I get you guys something to drink?” asked Meg.
“I put a twelve pack of Cokes in the fridge before I went for my nap. Maybe our guest would like a Coke,” said John.
“That would be awesome,” answered Monique. “Ryan and I just came back from a jog.”
“You found another jock for a friend, Ryan and a very good looking one at that,” said Stephanie getting up to get herself a Coke from the fridge.
“Actually, Monique’s studying to be a teacher like me.” Ryan replied.
“Your first day together and you already found two things in common,” said John.
“Three, actually,” said Meg. The two of them are also very good looking.”
“Did you have a god nap, Dad?” asked Ryan.
“Well, it wasn’t very restful. I had a terrifying dream about Ogopogo turning our boat over,” answered John.
“What a strange coincidence,” noted Ryan. “You guys aren’t going to believe what happened when we went for a jog by the lake.”
“Let me guess. You two fell madly in love and now you’re engaged,” said Stephanie.
“The pictures were taken from too great a distance,” said Henry studying Monique’s pictures.
Although Henry was still skeptical the two men agreed to exchange phone numbers with Ryan and Monique before leaving the restaurant.
“Where do you want to go now?” asked Monique reaching behind her head to secure her ponytail?
“Let’s go to my Aunt Meg’s. I can’t wait to tell her and my sister about what we saw today. And I can’t wait to introduce you to my family,” said Ryan.
“That’s very sweet,” said Monique. “I’d love to meet your family.”
Ryan and Monique jogged all the way back to Aunt Meg’s log cabin. As Ryan pointed out his aunt’s residence Monique said,”It’s beautiful Ryan. Are you going to stay here all summer?”
“That’s the plan. Our grandfather is very ill with cancer and is staying at a hospital in Kelowna,” answered Ryan.
“I’m very sorry to hear that your grandpa is ill but I’m glad that you’ll be staying for the summer,” said Monique.
“It looks like this is going to be our grandfather’s last summer and my family wanted to be here to say goodbye to him.”
“That’s really sad, Ryan. Have you visited your grandpa in the hospital yet?”
“Not yet. My dad and my sister and I just arrived today. We’ll be seeing Grandpa tomorrow morning,” answered Ryan.
“And you met me your first day of vacation. How cool is that?” said Monique.
“I think it’s very cool. Even though this is going to be a sad time because of my grandpa, our family still plans to have some fun this summer.”
“And will I be part of your fun, Ryan?” asked Monique.
“You already are,” replied Ryan.
Ryan opened the front door and invited Monique into his aunt’s log cabin. “I brought along a friend. Her name is Monique and she’s from Montreal.”
Stephanie was the first to greet Monique. “Are you from Kelowna, Monique?”
“No, I’m from Montreal. I’m going to be saying with my mom for the summer.”