I caught him reading Ephesians, in particular the verse that instructs all creatures AND BE YE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING. The him I caught reading was my beagle, the very beagle I’d been harsh with earlier because he had simply followed his heart. I’d gone to bed cold with regret for my sin only to wake finding him chewing the Words. On seeing me his tail beat the new day’s air with what I can only describe as a tender kindness. It was then I realized pardon comes not natural for any who breathe on the plain but there are those among us who practice it more perfectly.