by Jasper Cinnamon Bear Albright
Pastor Scott ("Alpha" to me) made a quick visit to pray for some friends in their home. Kelli was waiting in our van with Bolt and me, as Boltie Boy can get kind of anxious when left alone, and bark up a storm. Some of the neighborhood could have just been waking up, and to hear Bolt's sea lion-type barking would have been disturbing. Kelli had to think fast. What would she do to distract a toddler who was crying? (Bolt is no toddler---he just turned 5 yrs. and we both had some Dairy Queen ice cream to celebrate). Anyway, she began to talk softly to my little "bro". Things like, "Do you think there are birds out there?", as they gazed at a river. Boltie's barks got fewer and fewer. So Scripture proves true again: "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1).