Grieving the Loss of a Pet
On Sunday, June 18, my granddaughter, Anna, was walking her dog on a country road and a truck hit her pet, Inky. Inky died. Immediately when I heard the news, I wrote her a text saying how sorry I was that her special “Inky” had died. But I wanted to do more. I prayed for God to show me how else I might care for Anna in her grief. Several ideas emerged in my mind. One was to contact my sister, Anna’s aunt, and Debbie and Julie, cousins of Anna. All three of these individuals are dog lovers. I sent them the following text: “Anna’s dog, Inky, was killed last night by a truck! Anna was walking him on the road! This is very hard! If you wish you can text her at _________. Please include her in your prayers! Thanks!” They all responded. They all remembered what it was like to lose a beloved pet.
A Boy Born on Friday
Koffi serves as a missionary in Togo, Africa. His name means “the boy born on Friday.” When asked, what if you have a brother born on Friday, too? Well, then you are “Big Boy Born on Friday,” or “Small Boy Born on Friday.”
When asked about his ministry, Koffi shares about reaching the people of Togo by reaching the children first. As parents see their children change after accepting Christ as Savior, they become interested and begin to attend church.
A Funeral Encounter
A few months ago, I was asked to do something that is currently a bit out of my comfort zone… I was asked to preach a funeral for an older woman who had just passed away. I’m new to this sort of thing, so with slight nervousness I agreed. As I began the process of getting ready for the service, I found that it can be a very rewarding experience. I spent the week getting to know the woman who had passed away through the stories and fond memories of her family.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)
Wow. The meek will inherit the earth. Really? This might have something to do with grace: God’s unwarranted favor.
In the blend of nature and nurture that makes me who I am, God’s grace in me includes:
The people and experiences that have helped form my character and skills
My vocation and ministry: the doors God has opened and the doors he has closed
My ideas and inspirations