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Lessons From Animals--"Farewell" part 2

"I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise."
Luke 23:43


This is not the article I thought I would be writing.

The poster had said, "Our Daddy is moving away, and can't take us with him. We are good cats who need a home!" In the church newsletter, I wrote how they were my children, my very heart. They had been my constant companions for over four years, and now they needed a new home.

The article I thought I would be writing would be a continuation of the "Farewell" theme, this one touching on uncertainty. I had a home for Kasey and Annie--I did not have a home for Sneezy and Squawker. Time was growing short, and I was beginning to panic. I had used every weapon in my arsenal--most of all, guilt--and all to little avail. There were attempts, to be sure: one family took Squawker in for a few days, and then had to give him back. Leaving?!Others made offers, but their offers were tentative, reluctant: if you can't find anyone else…My greatest fear was I would have to drop them off at the Pound. What indignity. To take my very children, precious to my heart, and drop them off at the Pound--terror for them, agonizing uncertainty for me, and most probably impending death.

The article I thought I would be writing, then, was about saying "Farewell" in an uncertain situation--saying goodbye to those who do not know Jesus as their Savior. I was going to implore the reader not to allow the same outcome I had--leaving friends in uncertain hands, never quite knowing whether those you loved were in loving and protecting arms.

Yes, it's only properBut then God changed the outcome. God provided an opportunity…the cats need not be abandoned to strangers, the cats could come with me! We would not be saying "farewell"--we would be embarking, together, on a new life! Indeed, God allowed me to do the very thing I was going to implore you to do: to change uncertain outcome to certainty.

When this life is over, there is only one certainty for Salvation: Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 tells us, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Do those most precious to you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Rather than agonize over their future, change uncertainty to certainty: introduce them to Jesus. 1 John 5:12 - 13 tells us, "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life."

Change uncertainty to certainty. Introduce others to Jesus Christ.


In Christ,


--Pastor Dan


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