Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalms 96:1,3-5,7-10; I Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21
Once upon a time a mother mouse was leading her three baby mice across a busy intersection …
As she stepped off the curb she looked both ways, saw that no cars were coming and beckoned her three little ones to follow.
As they proceeded, with mother mouse in front, and the three little mice trailing behind all was going well until, suddenly, a great big cat stepped off the curb. Closer and closer to the mice crept the big cat, but it wasn’t until the mother mouse stepped off the opposite curb that she saw the danger. Already the cat had assumed the stalking position and was ready to pounce on the little mice.
The mother mouse stopped dead in her tracks and began glaring at the cat. The cat glared right back at her. As they were eyeballing each other, the mother mouse let out a terrific ìwoof!î — a perfect German Shepherd imitation. And, immediately, a very frightened cat turned tail and…