One morning I put on my lime green and white striped socks a friend had given me long ago only to experience a flicker of terrible sadness. See, instead of wearing the socks myself, I had lovingly put them on my paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon’s beautiful long legs when we were located in New York City in the winter on my latest location being on the road for Jesus. He was prone to being cold, and I would bundle him up in two winter coats, my scarf wrapped numerous times around his head, and those green and white striped socks to take him outside for his wheelchair rides with paralyzed Miss Mercy in her own winter attire and wheelchair. But Mr. Simeon’s life had ended tragically one day with no forewarning in my hotel room in South Carolina, and I have been devastated ever since being that he was one of the greatest blessings God has ever given me.
But rather than get swallowed up in grief as I have often done over the years with numerous losses, I chose to be thankful for the time God gave me with my beloved Mr. Simeon, to move on with my day with love, joy, and thanksgiving, and to place my heart in the hands of the Lord to receive His amazing blessed comfort with which no human comfort can possibly compare. If you’ve been grieving a loss, I encourage you to turn to the Lord and pour out your heart to Him, place your heart and tears in His everlasting arms and receive His blessed sweet and tender comfort, turn to the Bible and find love, peace, hope, and joy in God’s Word, and go forth in your day – and life – choosing love, joy, and thanksgiving!
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Psalms 98:4