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Posted about 27 days ago by Peny

As best friends go, you can’t beat a teddy bear. Those cuddly little buddies are soft, warm and always ready with a hug. And they’re excellent listeners! But have you ever wondered how the teddy bear got its name?

In November of 1902, Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino invited U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt on a bear-hunting trip. When it looked as if the President would go home empty-handed, someone reportedly captured a black bear and suggested that Roosevelt shoot it as his trophy. Not very sporting, right? That’s what the President thought! He refused to fire on a helpless target—an act of mercy that was quickly immortalized in a Washington Post cartoon.

Well, that cartoon inspired Morris Michtom and his wife to create a sweet, innocent-looking stuffed bear to honor the President’s noble choice. They called it “Teddy’s Bear,” and propped it up in the window of their candy and stationery store. Suddenly, everybody wanted one. So the Michtoms founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company, and became the first teddy bear manufacturers in the United States.

In today’s Odyssey Adventure Club episode, “The Lone Lawman,” our white-hatted hero stood for mercy, too. Then the pastor showed it to young Percy, who needed a second chance—just like we all do. God showed us mercy by sending His only Son, Jesus, to die for our sin. If that doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy, nothing will. And it should inspire us to show mercy to others. Zechariah 7:9 states, “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.”