Animals--"Farewell" part 1
"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."
A day had been coming for quite some time now that I was dreading.
Indeed, for a time I shoved the thought out of my mind; at times I
experienced anger, certainly depression--I even tried a little
was in grief. I was in grief because the day came in
which I had to say goodbye to Kasey and Annie--my two girls, my
constant companions. My wonderful friends. I was moving, and I could
not take them with me.
I had found a good home for them, but that did very little to
assuage the grief. I cried that morning. I wept after giving them up.
I cry as I write this. Who could have known that in such a short
time, these two animals would become such an important part of my
heart? I quickly learned how much a part of me they had become: while
sitting around the house, I would momentarily panic--where are the
girls? They had been my traveling companions, whether our
destination be work, the grocery store, the coast, or simply an
afternoon drive. They were my very motivation for waking up in the
morning: time to go for a walk, girls! But now my girls were
again, I knew their new home. I trusted their new home. I sob and
weep, but I also know they are safe, and at a good place. I'll even
be able to visit.
Max Lucato once wrote, "eternity is so close that any 'Good-bye'
is in reality a 'See you tomorrow.'" As Christians, when those close
to us pass on, we have this comfort: they are safe, and at a good
place. Granted, we still sob and weep, but this is merely the grief
of saying goodbye. We are sorry to lose them here on this Earth, but
we know we will see them again. We may say "Goodbye", but what we
mean is, "See you soon."
It makes the grief of "Farewell" just a little more
Farewell Part 2
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