Sméagol Rules the House

Sméagol is a house cat. That means he rules the house. Photo by John

Sméagol is a house cat. That means he rules the house. Photo by John

In a time of pandemic it is good to “shelter in place,” and practice “social distancing.” But it is also good, with those who are part of the household, to cuddle. And cuddle big time.

Our “circular shaped” cat, Sméagol, is famous to all who visit Heatherhope. Connie delights in demonstrating how talkative he is. He has a soud for every occasion and every one of his needs. He is one of those that Bill Staines wrote about in his perky little song, “A Place in the Choir.” Look it up on Google and have a blast singing along on YouTube.

Sméagol, and all of our “critters” are also celebrated in the much older hymn of Cecil Alexander, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”

Give your favorite household critter, two– or four-legged, a BIG HUG, and sing along:

    • Refrain:
      All things bright and beautiful,
      All creatures great and small,
      All things wise and wonderful:
      The Lord God made them all.
  1. Each little flow’r that opens,
    Each little bird that sings,
    He made their glowing colors,
    He made their tiny wings.
  2. The purple-headed mountains,
    The river running by,
    The sunset and the morning
    That brightens up the sky.
  3. The cold wind in the winter,
    The pleasant summer sun,
    The ripe fruits in the garden,
    He made them every one.
  4. The tall trees in the greenwood,
    The meadows where we play,
    The rushes by the water,
    To gather every day.
  5. He gave us eyes to see them,
    And lips that we might tell
    How great is God Almighty,
    Who has made all things well.

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About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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