My dear cousin recently lost Ketu, her Tibetan Mastiff. Ketu was a gentle giant. In memory of her sweet dog, I am sharing what I wrote when we lost Corrie, our yellow lab.
“to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). The hope of a reunion with loved ones in the faith helps us say good-bye. But what solace do pet owners have?
The God of hope offers hope, joy, and peace for any situation, including saying good bye to a pet (Romans 15:13). This hope comes from trusting Him.
God loves the animal kingdom. He took time to create different personalities for each animal, not just each species. No two labs are alike even though the breed has similarities.
God gave people a choice whether to board Noah’s ark, but He compelled the animals He rescued onto the ark. The rainbow confirmed His covenant with all the creatures of the earth, not just humans (Gen. 9:10, 15, 17). God had compassion and spared wicked Nineveh in part because of its many animals (Jonah 4:11). He never forgets even one small sparrow who dies (Luke 12:6).
Death was not introduced until humans sinned. Adam and Eve’s sin brought a curse on all of creation. Because people sinned, people need a Savior to receive eternal life. But one day God will restore all of creation. Until then, creation waits “in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God,” (Romans 8:18-21 NIV). Does that include our pets?
Heaven will be better than anything we can imagine.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT).
I can imagine our pets being able to communicate with us as the animals in Narnia or cartoon characters do with their thought balloons. After all, the serpent spoke to Eve, and Balaam’s donkey spoke to him. Scripture promises it will be better than I can imagine!Whatever heaven is like, we won’t be disappointed. Click To Tweet
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’” (Revelation 21:4-5 NLT).
I can’t find a verse that says my faithful lab will fly over the fields of heaven with restored youth to greet me, but I don’t see one that says she won’t. If seeing Corrie is still a desire of my heart when I get to heaven, then she will be there (Psalm 37:4). I do know God loves our pets more than we do. And, since He does all things better than we can imagine, we can trust Him with their destinies.
Question: How has God comforted you in a loss?
Debbie W. Wilson
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