Family Portraits of Puppies; Thoughts on Companionship

abby-kwaIt was just about this time last year that our beloved German shepherd died,  and in honor of the first anniversary of his departure, -8 I’m passing along some really darling pictures of “dog family portraits” sent to me as one of those infamous email forwards -9…along with a few thoughts I’ve had on how hard it is to lose companions. German shepherds For months after Abishai died, I couldn’t even tolerate the thought of another dog, since no dog could replace Abby…I mean, not only was it true, but it seemed  disloyal to his memory to even think about it! -6 But, it was a terribly cold winter, and I was glad he didn’t have to withstand the bad weather, old and arthritic as he’d become. -21 With Stephen and Joel home so much, the year passed quickly, and I haven’t felt inordinately lonely,DSC02052 and now, Lord willing, we’re expecting a grandchild next spring here in GR!!!-14 I may become so happily occupied I feel no need to replace our faithful dog at all. -20  Do you have a pet? An old pet? -7 Worried about what will happen after you lose your beloved companion? -4 I just got a letter from my sister lamenting that now, in her 70’s, the majority of her friends are either moving away from Florida, or—much worse—dying!   😦  -19  I’ve concluded that there’s no replacement for the uniqueness of treasured companions—puppy or person! -15 Whether or when we choose to replace them is our own, very personal decision, -11but I know that God created us for communion—to love and be loved— -13…every last one of us! -12
I also know that above all human (or canine, feline, etc.) companionship -3 is the great love of God, who created us for fellowship with Him and longs for us to find our deepest needs met in him. -18 Everything else is just a little bit less. -10 Still wonderful, and still worth pursuing, but just not as perfectly satisfying. -5 Only God can fill that God-sized hole that He created in our hearts! -17“I finally realized that friendship is not a remedy for loneliness. Loneliness is a part of our experience and if we are looking for relief from loneliness in friendship, we are only going to frustrate the friendship. Friendship, camaraderie, intimacy, all those things, and loneliness live together in the same experience…” Rich Mullins -1“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us, and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
(1 John 1:3-4)

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