He was the subject of many articles here, along with Miss Kitty, who survives him.
I am not ashamed to say that I’m about as broken up as I’ve ever been…he transcended the category of “pet” a long time ago.
Some of you will understand that, some of you won’t.
This morning, I want to talk only to those who do.
Chester is in “heaven”.
I don’t know exactly what that means because we don’t really know much about “heaven”…I only know that it means that Jesus is there and because He is, Chester is too.
I know I’m going there soon and and I won’t get through the gate before a twenty five pound cat jumps in my (no more) empty arms.
I know that.
If you’re one of those annoying people who need a Bible verse to prove everything the heart speaks clearly, here’s one to chew on;
“Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.”
(Psalms 36:6 ESV)
You can wrangle about the word “save” until you’re tired…my heart has already done the exegesis for me.
I loathe theology by proof text, so I’ll simply say that Romans 8 tells us the whole creation longs for redemption and and someday it will be redeemed.
When heaven and earth become one place, Chester will have the room to roam denied him in this life by disease…neither of us will be sick anymore, both of us will be able to do what we couldn’t here.
Am I the only one who believes that pets go to heaven?
Though they were hesitant to speculate, theologians like Randy Alcorn, John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Wesley, and C.S. Lewis thought it possible.
Luther asked, “Why then should there not be little dogs in the new earth?”
Lewis may have come the closest to the truth…he thought it possible that just as we’re in Christ, our pets are in us…thus, a package deal of redemption.
I don’t really know how it all works and frankly, I don’t care.
I know that the love of God is immense and inexplicable and in His great love for me He sent me Chester.
I thank Him and praise Him for doing so.
He sent me Chester because He knew that I would love him and he would love me and wherever love is, God is glorified.
He knew that cat and I would love each other forever and we will…just as with those human family members who’ve gone on, we’ll only have to miss each other for a while.
Let the theologians argue about whether animals have souls, the nature of heaven, and all the other stuff.
Theologians often only understand love in the abstract, which is like thinking you know what food tastes like by it’s color.
Love has to be felt, experienced, lived, to understand it’s power…sometimes it has to be held and petted.
You just hold your beloved pet in your heart and know that love never dies, it just changes location.
For a while.
Make your own application…