Difficult Life Lessons

No matter what ages we learn them, some life lessons are very tough, also unavoidable. The picture above is of our granddaughter Delaney, and her brother, Silas, saying good-bye to their beloved pet, Carmen. Carmen was a great dog – Aussie Doodle (Australian Shepherd and Standard Poodle). Since there are no sheep at Jonathon and Heather’s house for her to shepherd, Carmen made it her job to shepherd Delaney, Silas, and Titus. She did a great job with that responsibility. Cancer took her in two weeks.

I am a dog lover generally, and I loved this dog specifically. I hate to see the family having to hurt like this.

The loss of a dog can teach some valuable lessons. Life in general is short. Loss is real. We must cherish the people (and pets) that the Lord puts in our lives. We will not always have them.

Losing precious human beings in our lives is an entirely different matter. We learn that only the Lord Jesus can fill the void that is left in our lives when loss occurs. I pray for all those who deal with the pain and hurt of loss and bereavement. Our hearts hurt for those who do not know the Lord and therefore do not lean on him. May God bless them, each and every one.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

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  1. Heartbreaking. No matter how much we tell ourselves that it is “just a pet”, the hurt is tangible and real. Thanks for sharing this and thanks to your son and his family.

  2. I just saw this, Paul, & you know how Jack & I always felt about our animals so my heart is certainly hurting for the whole family. They’re not just a pet, they give lotsa love, joy & can be a wonderful therapy animal!!

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