Encouragement Café: Sorrow With Hope

I am glad that each time this devotional is shared, it brings glory to God through the life and death of Matthew Newell.

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 NKJV

My husband sits by his brother’s side, speaking words of peace and love to him. For months, Matt has been in and out of hospitals and nursing homes. Soon, his suffering will end.

 

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Guide Dog Tales Vol. 3

GUIDE DOG TALES VOL. 3

By Carolyn Dale Newell

The word today is “sensitive”. According to Siri, it means “quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals or influences.” Further down the list of various uses for the word, I discovered two different definitions. One was good, but the other was not-so-good.

Bad news first. Sensitive can mean “easily offended or upset”. This seems to run rampant in our society. Personally, I need to be less sensitive in this manner.

We all need to possess the sensitivity that Iva displays. That definition is “having or displaying quick and delicate appreciation of others’ feelings”.

I recently caught a stomach virus. While I remained in bed late Saturday morning, Iva kept coming to my side. She is so loving!

The next day I still felt under the weather and normally would remain at home. Iva had not worked the previous day, and I knew she needed to work. She wanted to work. For her sake, I decided on a short walk. I fully expected Iva to pull as I continued to give the “steady” command to slow her down. Iva was sensitive. She knew I felt weak. She took it easy with me. Never once did I have to slow her down, and we walked three blocks rather than my original plan to walk one block.

On the following day, Iva expressed her sensitivity once again. We had to put our faithful 14-year-old kitty to sleep. Iva and Angel had less than two months together, and they never were BFF’s. Angel was intimidated by Iva’s size and did not feel like being bothered. Iva picked up on our sadness.

I think we can all learn from Iva here. It is a lesson God wants His people to have. The right sensitivity for the right situation.

As I wrap this up, I want to extend a virtual hug to all of you who have lost your best friend. Pets are our babies. We cannot help but love their loyalty and affection. God comforts our grief. He created the animals, and Adam named them. God used a talking donkey in the Old Testament and a crowing rooster in the New Testament. The dove and the raven were essential in helping Noah determine the extent of the flood waters.

It is hard to lose our furry friends, but it is part of loving them. You can protect yourself from mourning, but you would have miss the compassion and love that only a four-legged friend gives. Please feel free to share about your pet in the comments. I would be honored to pray for you if you are missing your babies today.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell