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Lessons From 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."
Revelation 21:4


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 bargaining. A good day with a good friendI 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 gone.

Sweet dreams, sweet friendYet, 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 bearable.


In Christ,


--Pastor Dan


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