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Welcome to Our Family, Mango!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

A few weeks ago, I went to the Humane Society’s annual “Clear the Shelters” adoption event. I had been thinking of getting a dog for some time and figured this would be a good opportunity. After an hour or so of looking around and meeting a few dogs, I came upon Mango. She was sweet, shy, and a bit skittish. Having spent some time together, I decided to adopt Mango, making her the newest member of our family.

Mango is still adjusting to her new life. She is a calm, quiet dog. In the time I have had her, I have yet to hear Mango’s bark. She enjoys playing with other dogs, but, while curious, takes time to warm up to other people.

Recently, Mango has exhibited some behavioral issues. Though frustrating at times, I need to remember her history. Mango had spent just two months at the Humane Society. Prior to that, she was a stray. So, we don’t really know what she has been through. Understanding this, I am doing my best to be patient with her.

Likewise, I would encourage each of us to exercise patience and forgiveness with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We may see their actions as inappropriate or unnecessary, but we do not know their past or what they are going through at any given moment.

The French playwright Moliere wrote, “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” Mango could simply be a slow-growing tree in my life, and so could be that individual in yours.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” I Corinthians 13:4-5

- Christopher Glading, Director of Programs and Publicity

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