Sunday, January 6, 2008
Found. Beautiful black lab in West Dallas. She is sweet and friendly but was initially hesitant to be welcomed into our home. She was very hungry when she arrived and warmed up after she got something to eat. She is gentle but has possibly been abused or severely neglected because she's skiddish, especially around men. She responds really well to positive attention and encouragement. It's obvious that she belongs to someone, although no one seems to be looking for her. Labs are incredibly smart and loyal by nature and perfect in a family. In a home with unconditional love and purposeful discipline, the possibilities of this girl would be limitless.
This describes a stray dog that showed up on my front porch yesterday. It would also describe about 90% of the kids we come across in West Dallas. I know the differences between children and dogs goes back to the purposing of their creation before the beginning of time. One was spoken into existence, created to be ruled over by man and the other was sculpted by the Creator's hands, to be an image bearer of the Lord himself.
Are we, in our inner cites, forgetting that marvelous distinction? Are we creating a generation of stray children?
If not, why do they keep showing up on my doorstep?