I was in between running errands. Home just fifteen minutes before running off to do the next thing when my doorbell dinged. Twice. I was annoyed. Partially because double dings always feel so impatient. I reminded myself that this was most likely no fault to the person at the door, but when I looked through the window and saw an older man I didn’t recognize the irritation came back. I yanked the door open fully prepared to tell the man we didn’t want any and go about my business.
He spoke before I could utter a word. “You have two boys, right? Jacob and James.”
“Yes,” I replied.
“I have something for them. Did they tell you about what happened yesterday when I was looking for my cat?”
“They mentioned it.”
He then proceeded to tell me a story. A story of two boys, a man, and a prayer.
He and his wife had lost their cat. They had been searching for four days. He was near our yard looking when the boys got off the bus. He told them he was looking for his cat and asked if they had seen him around. The boys said no and helped look for a while. After a bit they paused to rest, the man’s knees were bothering him. Jacob whispered in James’ ear.
“What are you two plotting?” The man asked with a laugh.
They laughed, whispered a bit more and then asked, “Can you kneel?”
“Yes,” he replied, “I can.”
“We want to say a prayer for your cat,” the boys said.
The three of them knelt on the grass and one of the boys prayed and asked for the cat, Biscuit, to be able to safely return home. After the prayer they stood and one of the boys looked at the man. “We prayed. God will help and your cat will come home now.”
The man looked at me, very emotional. “Our cat came home last night. He had gotten trapped in a neighbor’s basement area.”
He then proceeded to hand me an envelope for each boy. “I really appreciate the prayer they said with me. You have very fine boys.”
When my boys got home, I told them the man had come by and had left something for them and that his cat had been returned. Immediately my two boys knelt down to pray and thank Heavenly Father for the return of Biscuit, the man’s cat.