My grandparents lived in the country and their home stood about two or three feet off the ground like most homes in that area. Under the house was a good place to play and the dogs loved to sleep there but you had to watch for snakes.
Every now and then a strange dog would show up or try to hang around. I do not know why but my grandmother would allow some dogs to stay and she would run the others off. She would fix special food, like grease, cornmeal and leftovers, for the ones that were allowed to stay.
There was one thing she would not tolerate and that was fighting. If they fought with the other dogs they were also run off. If other dogs tried to jump on or fight with them she would protect them.
I can still see her out there with her broom whacking those fighting dogs. That reminds me of something in the Bible. When we accept Christ Jesus or put our faith in Him there are some privileges or benefits that go along with it, (John 1:12).
We have a new relationship to God, (2 Corinthians 5:17). And He will protect us and care for us, (Psalm 91:1-16) just as those old dogs were allowed to sleep under the house and my grandmother fed and protected them.
See you in Church next Sunday.