Sunday, May 4, 2014

Jesus said...because I live

Good morning my sisters-

I woke up to a beautiful blue sky, birds chirping and a heavy heart.  Two out of three isn't bad, right?  Yesterday, I had to put two dogs down.  Sometimes the circle of life is a heavy burden to carry.  The house feels empty and so does my heart.  Like all death, I will eventually get over it but it sure does feel empty.

An animal is God's creature and in some ways they get to go better than we do.  Many suffer horribly painful deaths but not animals.  In less than a minute these very old dogs were gone and I was left feeling sad and lonely.

I have never understood the taking of lives or the desire to hurt anyone.  I know that our military has to in order to protect us but there is gang violence, dictators with their own agendas and evil everywhere.  Why must we hate when we can love?  Loss is devastating enough as it is.

Jesus came to this earth to teach us love and service.  His gift was love and sacrifice.  Yesterday, I watched my son cry over two small dogs and I was reminded of how great he loves.  He is God's man full of love and feelings.  My prayer is that both of my sons will love like Jesus and that every living creature they touch will know love.

I know putting two dogs to sleep is not the same as human life, destruction, war or anything else we could categorize as bad but in our house two little creatures showed us unconditional love and they will be missed.

Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:19-21 NIV)

I will forever be grateful that my Father loved me so.  He is at the right hand of His Father, one God for all time.  His love carries me through my sadness, puts my feet on solid ground and reminds us all that God is the maker of all living things.  His love never ends.

Be well my sisters.  I hope you have learned something from my series on Jesus said.  His words are powerful and should be written on our hearts.

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