The Death of a Dog

6 02 2013

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Recently, our beloved 13 yr. old cocker spaniel died.

Sometimes the loss of a dog is so painful that grown men vow to never get another pet. Animal lovers of all ages grieve when their dogs die.

Our furry friends are such a big part of our lives. When they die, the sorrow we experience can match that of when a person passes away.

We’ve been receiving sympathy cards. Love and prayers from others comfort us and ease our pain.

Journaling gives me an outlet for my grief. Read “A Symbol of Unconditional Love” as my gift to fellow pet lovers.
A Symbol of Unconditional love

You’ll read more about how God is comforting me through this recent loss on my other blog for mothers of children with mental illness. Read the post “Help me, God.”

Find some of our fondest moments with our dog by clicking on this link:

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Why?

21 07 2012

We watch the bloody bodies coming out of the Aurora theater and ask why. Why did this happen? Why did one man commit such evil against innocent people? Teens, parents, children simply watching a movie.

Rational minds can’t make sense of such an irrational act. Yet we struggle to comprehend it.

Our hearts ache for those who have lost loved ones. For those whose lives will be forever changed. How can this be prevented from ever happening again?

The Colorado massacre brings everything into perspective for those of us who live with physical pain. Our pain can’t come close to the loss of a loved one. There is pain and then there is pain. When no amount of tears seem to comfort. When time doesn’t seem to heal the hurt.

Finally, we ask the question that offers hope. Who can help?

When things seem horribly out of control, there is One who is in control. Our heavenly Father knows what it’s like for a Son to die. He gave His only Son for us. So that we could one day live with Him in heaven. A place without such carnage as we see on the news. A place where God will wipe away every tear. A place where there will be no more pain.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

I’m comforted by that hope. That eases my pain and gives me peace.

You might say, “That’s easy for you to say. You don’t know what it’s like to face an insane man threatening your life.”

My answer: Actually, I do know what it’s like…years ago my son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. For two months during a psychotic episode, he threatened my life. Out of touch with reality, with an empty darkness in his eyes. During those days, God provided peace. Peace that can’t be comprehended. How could I have such peace in the face of death? Because of Him.

Dear heavenly Father, You are able to comfort those who are in pain. Please bring comfort and peace to those who face physical or emotional pain. To those who struggle with fear and uncertainty. We pray for protection for the police officers who walk into danger on our behalf. In Jesus’ name, Amen

How are you praying for the people in Aurora, Colorado?