Her name was Contessa Pollyanna Isabella Frappicino. She was a longhaired Calico cat. She was my buddy during some of the toughest times in my life, somehow knowing exactly when to share her healing balm by climbing up on my lap, purring and offering me the privilege of petting her. Polly came to the end of her 17 years with me yesterday. And while my heart is sad today because I’m grieving, that’s not a bad thing. Actually, it’s a good thing. Because grief grows out of love. And love is a gift from God. And this ability to love is at the very heart of what it means when Scripture says we are created in the image of God. So today I will continue to grieve. But I will also do everything I can to love more and more and more.