A guest post written by Diana Colarossi
Two years ago an aggressive cat showed up at my home – meowing hungrily. He wanted attention but did not want to be touched and he appeared feral. I was afraid of him and he was afraid of me. It was an awkward beginning with his colorful language being mostly hisses and snarls. My husband and I fed him and nightly we would say kind words to him. But nothing changed until one night my husband spoke to him softly, lovingly, and was able to pet him. From that night on he became the loyal, love-filled, irreplaceable, paper-sitting member of my family. Four months later another cat found a way into my home. I’d like to say it was an easy decision to take the cats in and keep them, but it was outside my comfort zone to make quick decisions like these. But afterward, my home wasn’t the same and I felt blessed beyond belief by this transforming lesson of love.
There was an even more profound, life-changing transformation that my grandfather experienced during the widespread flu epidemic of 1918. He was a young father at the time and was surprised when a neighbor showed up at his home. After all, his whole family was sick with the flu and there was a quarantine sign on his front door. This neighbor had a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy to give to the family. The spiritual ideas in it, based upon the life and teachings of Christ Jesus, helped my grandfather and his entire family was quickly healed of the flu. The ideas and healing made such an impression on him that for the next seventy-plus years he continued to study The Holy Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and adhere to its spiritual perspective.
I can’t help but think about all of the blessings that came to him and his family from this good decision to consider a different perspective of health and life than he was accustomed to. For the next ninety years, his daughter, who is my mother, treasured and leaned upon this spiritual perspective to handle problems. A spiritual perspective proved invaluable when doctors told her I was born too prematurely to survive through the first night. Clinging to the idea of ever-present Life gave my mother the strength and understanding to see her baby’s life as whole, intact, and preserved.
Can you imagine making the decision to follow Christ Jesus? Take for example Simon, a common fisherman, who was invited by the Christ to follow Jesus. That decision, to forsake the comfortable for the transformative, allowed him to witness the effect of the Christ, to see Jesus walk on the sea. He actually walked on the sea also! His decision to follow and accept the new idea transformed him and his name was changed to Peter.
I can’t help thinking that, like Peter, my grandfather was invited to follow the Christ, to do and witness something new and transformative, not based upon the physical senses. This invitation to follow Christ appears to us in daily decisions to welcome and love the new. The new cat appeared right on our doorstep, or at the door of our thought, and I can attest to the blessings we received when we let him into our lives.