Leopards and God’s kingdom

There is a delightful story about an African missionary who was one day confronted by a sad leopard while walking in the jungle. Normally speaking it is advisable to avoid these ferocious cats that lack insight into the refined arts of hospitality and courtesy. The missionary gave himself up for dead. But, to his utter astonishment, the leopard, instead of springing upon him, came and snuggled up to him, at the same time whining and lifting up his paw. Observing it to be swollen and inflamed, he examined it and found a large thorn embedded in the ball of the foot. The disciple of Jesus removed it and dressed the wound as well as he could. Then the leopard gazed at the missionary with a soulful, thankful expression and sauntered cheerfully back into the dense jungle.

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