Letters to Jesus (Perspectives and Perceptions) -6
I share everything with You. So please don’t consider it frivolous when I share my heavy-hearted sadness over recently having to put to sleep our nearly 17-year-old family dog. Dogs simply give of themselves in silence and do not judge. We admire this when they’re with us and we miss them when they’re gone. I think it’s often as painful to lose a good dog as it is to lose a good friend. I guess it shouldn’t be that way but we assign human qualities to animals and often they seem to practice them better than people – so, of course, we miss them.
There is a passage from the Old Testament book of Genesis recounting how God labored on the first day, then the second day, and so on till He rested on the seventh day. On one of these days it mentions that He created animals. He created them for man. As we are created for God, animals are created for us. What evokes the emotions in us when they’re gone is the absence of the qualities that make us love them. It’s kind of selfish because so often they are exactly what we want them to be for us. We should be very grateful to God for them.
People with intelligence, insight, and common-sense may influence and direct us on our journey but pets provide the unconditional loyalty and companionship we need – plus we can train them to be what we want and to obey our wishes in ways we cannot do with other people even though we strive to. Dogs may not have a heaven but the spirit of a loyal, non-judgmental, compliant companion lives on.