We just lost a very important member of our family, our sweet golden lab, Goldie.
Mr. Rogers’ When a Pet Dies (A Mister Rogers’ First Experiences) is a helpful book if your family ever experiences this.
Proverbs 12:10 says “The godly are concerned for the welfare of their animals.” My dear husband spent almost $4000 trying to stop her suffering, but early this morning around 1:30 am we knew we had to take her in and say goodbye to her. This was the hardest thing we have ever done. Everyone but Jenny got to give her one last hug . Jenny has made a wonderful video tribute to Goldie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gx0eF1yG7A
We prayed earnestly for God to heal Goldie, but He had a reason to handle the situation another way. I know that one day we will be able to comfort someone in our situation. “God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Cor. 1:4)
“Why love, if losing hurts so much? …The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.” C.S. Lewis (Shadowlands)
“The living God gives us all things to enjoy.” (1 Tim. 6:17) Thank you, God, for giving us 12 years of joy with Goldie.