I met Carol at our writers group. The last hour after critique in our round table discussion, I learned Carol owned the late, famous Himalayan cat, Joshua! Artists in Sedona remember Joshua because he often attended their presentations! Joshua loved people. A local newspaper article gave him credit for raising money for the humane society.
Carol spoke affectionately about Joshua. He was more than a showman. He was her beloved pet. My favorite story involves the little boy visiting the art gallery where Carol displayed her art. The boy’s sister held and cuddled the cat while the little boy told Carol that he longed to hold him but is allergic and watched enviously from a distance. “Oh, honey, you can hold Joshua. He’s hypoallergenic,” Carol corrected. She went on to share how the little guy got permission from his dad and had the best time cuddling Joshua to his face. When the family gathered to leave, the boy waved goodbye to Joshua. Carol described the scene: “Joshua sat upright leaning his right paw forward in the boy’s direction. With that signal, the little boy ran to the cat and gave him one last hug to last a lifetime.” Joshua knew how to connect. Imagine a cat like Joshua bringing healing to people like that!
I’m preparing for our Seder dinner. Our Messianic Passover celebration will begin next weekend. I ironed the white tablecloth and stocked up on Matzo Ball Soup. I carried the box down from the shelf with the guys’ Kipas, our Haggadas (story books) along with Rabbi Tom’s prayer shawl.
Once again my husband will gather our family to the table and tell the story. Our rich Jewish roots as believers remind us that God delivers His people. Old time prophets predicted a messiah whom we believe to be Jesus Christ, our Savior. We never roll our eyes or tire of the story. It points to our heritage and the traditions that never lose their power.
Make That Lamb Your Pet
We remember how Moses told families to choose a spotless lamb from their herd to be a substitute for the sins of their family. But that’s not all. The lamb must be brought into the home four days before slaughter. The family should cuddle with the lamb, handle it and play with it. This way they will feel the impact, the loss of their pet and the sacrifice of it. Exodus 12: 3, 6
If you follow strict tradition, you would roast the lamb upright on a stake. No bones are broken (Exodus 12:46) and the lamb’s intestines are placed on top of his head as a covering.
Jesus came to earth as the Son of God, yet man. We love His teachings, His miracles and they way He heals mankind. Jesus is the known as the Pascal Lamb. He is portrayed in Scripture as a loving man extending grace where the harsh law invokes fear. Crucified on a cross with arms outstretched wearing a crown of thorns, Jesus, the Son of God took our place. He’s the perfect sacrifice. Hebrews 10: 1-18
We are always inspired by the Good News. After dinner, we sing enthusiastic songs about our healer, our deliverer. He is God, the second person of the trinity, and enduring to us. He’s alive, raised from the dead and the honored guest at our table.