Educating Moz


Our newest addition Moz, short for Mozart, is a curious creature as well as an attention hog. I suppose to some degree he is a victim of his environment, a rescue dog who was picked up as a stray in Dodge City, Kansas. He has several traits that might lend themselves to that conclusion. Unlike his older brother Simeon, if there is food in his bowl it isn’t there for long, he eats it all and if we would let him he would eat Simeon’s as well. And though I have often commented about Simeon’s need to be the center of the universe, Moz is that amplified.

Don’t get me wrong, he is a very loving and loveable dog with a sweet personality and an adorable face. But if it is happening, he has to be in the middle of it. If I call Simeon, Moz is up and to me before Simeon can move. Simeon has gotten to the point that if I call him and Moz stands to come, Simeon just lies back down and sometimes I swear I can see him roll his eyes.

The most interesting relationship though is between Moz and TruDee’s munchkin cat Frodo. Simeon and Hobbes the cat have learned to live with Moz’s incessant curiosity and need to be in the center of all things. Frodo on the other hand has little tolerance for Moz and will puff up and his from a good twenty paces. Frodo has not learned the best reaction to Moz’s presence is to stand still and stare him down, not run, running only creates more chaos! Frodo needs to learn like the other two, there are times to assess a situation, remain calm, and choose when to let things play out and when to act. Though, periodically, there will appear on Moz’s snout what appears to be a scab from a well placed kitty claw, though I have never actually seen it happen, I think Frodo has tried to convince Moz to leave him be with more than one action.

I suspect we could learn a bit about life and encountering those who would instill fear in us as we journey through life. It is good not to respond, run, or react out of fear. There are times when it is best to remain calm, assess the situation, and see how things play out before we respond. And then there are times when we have to react, not out of fear but out of a sense of justice and compassion. Such responses can be painful, filled with passion, and action but for the good of all and for the cause of justice and kindness it is always worth the struggle.

I am confident at some point Moz and Frodo will find a way to live in the peaceable Kindom which is our home. Until then, I am sure Frodo will continue train and inform that fear and the threat of the “run” is not the way of Love. And I am sure Moz will indeed learn that he is indeed not the center of the universe.

I pray we are ever mindful of those who would try to instill fear in our journey of faith and that we would act and respond in just, kind, and humble ways to promote justice for all, compassion, and love. Mostly, fear not, ultimately we are reminded there is no fear in love and we do not stand alone.

It is one of the many ways we seek to be mindful of the Spirit and one another here at the Hill, where you are one of the community. Here where there is always an open door, a safe space, a warm welcome, and a place at the table. Not Your Ordinary Church. Until next week, God bless, and know you are never alone.

Peace and Light on Your Journey


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