TGIF: On Grieving The Loss Of A Pet
Many of you were touched by his life and many of you loved him long distance.
You understand what this kind of loss feels like… you’ve been there.
Some others haven’t been as kind.
They think crying over a pet is unmanly and a waste of tears…it was “only” an animal.
They somehow think that loving a pet this much diminishes my capacity to love people.
Some people think the earth is flat…
If you love your pets more than people, it doesn’t mean you have to love your pets less, but learn to love people as much.
Lord knows that’s a challenge at times…
So my critics can be fully informed…
I cried putting him in the carrier for the ride to the vet.
I cried all the way to the vet.
I cried waiting for the vet.
I cried harder when we made the decision to love him by taking away his suffering.
I cried as I prayed over him and told him what he meant to me and my family.
I cried all the way home and I’m crying right now.
It takes a lot of courage and strength to love like that.
The price we pay in a fallen world to love and be loved is the grief we feel when the loved one is lost.
You will grieve as deeply as you have loved and as deeply as your love has been returned to you.
If your grief is small than your love has been as well.
Grief is the proper response, the stewardship if you will, of the temporary loss of the gift God gave you.
It honors the one who has left and it honors the God who holds them (and you) safely until the consummation.
Have the courage to love deeply knowing that someday you will grieve mightily as well.
Yes, love your people and your pets with all the courage and and strength you have.
Count the cost and do it anyway.
It’s a way we follow Jesus, who is love Incarnate, but who knew grief unimaginable.
He has gone to prepare a place for us.
Mine has a cat box.
Make your own application…