Today is a day of total rejoicing!
Why pray tell?
It's because of a simple thing, God's abiding mercy.
You see 6 days ago, I came home very anxious.
Our cook said our cat Midnight was ill.
True enough I found him very weak and not eating.
He also had some loose skin sagging on one side of his abdomen.
This was the first day of mourning.
The following days were days of pain and sadness.
But also of miracles!
Midnight before this episode
When I rushed Midnight to the vet, they said they didn't have an X-ray available and I had to go to another place 30 minutes away. My car was not allowed on the roads that day due to a coding scheme to ease traffic so I had to pass a longer route. What troubled me was what the vet said, that Midnight could have had his organs jumbled up!
When I was driving, I was praying hard that I could find the other vet clinic and to reach it in time.
By the time we got there, the doctor couldn't find anything wrong with him. I had to show him the signs of hematoma on his tummy but he didn't see the sagging skin anymore! Neither did I!
Midnight was given meds to be taken twice a day for a month. He was on IV at home. I took a leave from work to be by his side 24 hours a day waking up at 1 in the morning and other odd hours just to check on him and if his IV wasn't tangled or if he needed to go poop.
Despite all the meds he was really weak and would hardly move. I prayed and cried and prayed and cried. I asked all my family and friends to pray for him. I asked for the Holy Spirit, Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. Francis, St. Roque to whisper to God and pray that Midnight get well.
On the sixth day, I read this quote by St. John of the Cross...
"In the twilight of our lives we will be judged upon how we have loved."
By that time, I was already resigned to Midnight leaving us. I already told him "if it gets too difficult, Midnight just go to the light. Go to Jesus".
I felt at peace reading the verse knowing that I had done everything in my power to love this wonderful cat.
I was so tired by this time. In my heart I knew that it was possible that we could just go on like this, weeks of seeing Midnight so immobile and weak and not knowing if that was the day he was going to die. Then someone greeted me "Shabbat Shalom" and I wondered what this greeting meant. It was the Sabbath (on a Friday), the day of rest. God was giving me "rest". That brought me comfort as well.
The miracle of miracles came in the evening of the sixth day, while I was feeding him on a syringe, he started to go for the food bowl and started licking it! I was dumbfounded!!! Then he even drank water on his own already!!! Hallelujah God heard our cries!
The bible verse for the day read "God is at my side, like a mighty hero" - Jeremiah 20:11
Today, the 7th day, Midnight got his IV out! Wow! The time of his resting was also a time of testing. I went through a phase of just thanking God for every minute that Midnight was still with us. I don't know how long the Lord has extended his life for but when I see him I will always see him as our Miracle Cat.
Today's verse is "I shall change their mourning into gladness, comfort them, give them joy after their troubles" Jeremiah 31:13