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    Watchman35
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    In the grander scheme of things, this seems like a relatively insignificant request. There are prophetic developments that seem to move us closer and closer to the harpazo weekly, if not daily. At a different level, I see all of the emotional turmoil that has been stirred up in association with the transition over to Facebook.

    In the midst of those much more important things, I just had to put down my 14-year-old Pug George. As I mentioned in another recent post, he was born on President’s Day and subsequently named George after George Washington. Again, for those who are dog lovers, you know that the grief over their loss is not far from that of an actual human family member. This Pug was “officially” our then 8-year-old daughter’s dog. She is now 22 and home for a week after completing her first year of law school, before heading off to Israel for a summer internship. Aside from my own grief at the loss of our dog, it breaks my heart as a dad and husband to see my the pain of grief in my daughter and wife.

    I wept like a little boy today over our dog. How I hate death and separation and the effects of the curse that afflict this fallen world!! How I long for the day when death is swallowed up in victory. Your prayers on behalf of my family and myself, for the Lord to comfort and heal our grieving hearts, would be sincerely appreciated. I know, in the bigger picture of life, this is a small thing, but darn it still hurts very badly. I’m really weary of life hurting so much. Maranatha, Lord Jesus!!! Please take us to where life no longer hurts.

    John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

    #131704

    I am so sorry to hear this. I have two puppies myself, and my oldest one is 15, which is the average lifespan for a dog like her, so I know I will lose her soon. I’m dreading it. (I don’t know if anyone here remember the mountain lion attack on this same dog, that she survived.) I am so sorry for your wife and daughter too. May God bring you comfort and peace during this sad time. I know it has also been hard on you to hear of RITAN moving, and I am truly sorry for that too. I just want you to know that I care about you, as so many here do, and I have been praying for you this past week. Ironically, I have been praying for you non-stop today, which seems to be when you’ve needed it most.

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

    And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”



    #131706
    Blake7
    Blake7
    Participant

    Prayers for the Lord Jesus to hold you and yours in his loving arms at this time in your life.
    Love in Christ
    Your Brother
    Blake7


    #131707
    Regina
    Regina
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    Watchman, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear friend and family member, George.
    Our Abba comfort you, your daughter and wife. I ask for and hope for our pets to be with us in heaven. The Lord knows we love them.

    Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies; your father's children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and to him shall the gathering of the people be. Gen 49

    #131708
    3rdWatch
    3rdWatch
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    Thank you for sharing your grief and need for prayer, dear Watchman35. I too, agreeing with your sisters and brothers here, pray for your pain to be eased in our sympathies, and in the good experiences your family enjoyed together with George. He will always live in your hearts and memories. GOD Bless You. :rose:

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding - Prov 3:5-6



    #131726
    Goodcheer
    Goodcheer
    Participant

    Dear Watchman, I’m so sorry for you and your family’s pain. I’m praying for your comfort and peace. It really does hurt a lot, I know from experience. The love and companionship of 14 years is no small thing. The dogs I’ve had over my life I consider blessings from God, and I choose to believe we will be reunited one day. Which means I also choose to believe they are enjoying themselves now, like puppies. They helped me through many tough times, and I enjoy remembering the fun and happiness we had together, yet I still miss them very much. My heart goes out to you. :rose:

    Maranatha, Lord Jesus!

    Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.


    #131763
    No Other Rock
    No Other Rock
    Moderator

    It does hurt so Watchman. There is such a bond to our pets who we adopt into our lives. They are family who forever capture and delight our hearts. It is so hard to let them go, but I believe God keeps them for us. :rose:

    Lord, thank You for coming alongside and comforting Watchman and his family; heal their broken hearts and give them Your peace for this time and the days ahead, in Jesus name and hands; amen.

    I Am the Lord! Besides Me there is no Savior. For there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved!...For in him we live, and move, and have our being!

    #131766
    Heidi
    Heidi
    Participant

    I’m so sorry Watchman. I will be praying for you and your family.
    Watching and Waiting, I will be praying for you too.

    Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and hold you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
    Isaiah 41:10

    #131768
    Victory Chanter
    Victory Chanter
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    NOR, what a beautiful sentiment and truth to help Watchman and his family deal with the grief of losing George. Indeed our pets are family and I know you will see the frisky, healthy pup you so loved and has been such a beloved companion again and actually I hope very soon. In his own way, imagine George worshipping the Lord.

    There’s a huge animal kingdom there in Heaven for him to enjoy and yes, imagine an angel or two welcoming him as his ears are scratched and his belly rubbed, Watchman. Rejoice .. he is no longer old and ailing. He is awaiting your arrival.

    Yes, Watching and Waiting.. remembering with you , the mountain lion attack. The horror of it all. The response of the surviving pet. Our belief that the one died to save the other. One day they, too, will reunite. But these ones are ‘family’. It makes it so hard to lose them . But we have a hope that these ones too, will bless the Lord in their own way. They fall under the category of household members. Yes, they bring out the boy and girl in us — what a gift. Their love is forever treasured in our hearts. 😥 Grieve but grieve as one with hope in your heart. You have given George to Jesus now. He’s in the best place he can be. The very best place he can be — in His hands and loving care. Thank you Lord for George and the hearts he touched while here. He deserves a rest now. Allow him to feel his frisky youth again as he explores his new surroundings.

    We remember them and always will. They touch our hearts and therefore remain in our hearts, too. This is a gift to us and we cherish their memory. The adventures shared and delight they brought to each one. In this way they served the Lord, too. May the Lord bless each of you in your grief Watchman.

    The eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him.



    #131771
    TakeMeHome
    TakeMeHome
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    Watchman, I’m also sorry for your loss.

    My 14 year old kitty died almost 2 years ago. Emotionally, it was very hard on me.

    Praying for you and your family during this sad time.

    #131772

    Watchman35
    Participant

    My sincere thanks and appreciation to each one who has lifted us up in prayer, both those who have taken time to post your kind thoughts and prayers, as well as those who may have read and prayed without posting. I am grateful for compassionate and empathetic brothers and sisters in the Lord.

    I do have a serious question to pose to at least some on this thread. Let me start by saying that I do not think of RITAN as a place where people offer niceties or platitudes that are not grounded in scriptural truth. That being the case, I am genuinely interested in hearing from those who seem to believe that somehow our pets end up in heaven. It is a nice thought, but I must confess at first thought, I have never had that understanding. I guess, to the extent that I have thought about it, I sort of assumed that they just cease to exist when they die.

    I must confess that in my reading of the Bible from cover to cover numerous times over the years, I never encountered scripture that I understood to indicate that our pets are somehow taken into the Lord’s presence. Obviously, the fact that I never saw it does not mean it is not there. I would love to hear from anyone who has a serious scriptural basis for believing such an idea. I must admit, as I looked at our George’s dead body on the vet’s table yesterday, the thought ran through my mind, “I wonder what happens to the part of him that is not his physical flesh?” Any insight from the scriptures would be welcomed and appreciated. Definitely interested in Biblical truth, not merely “feel-good” wishful thinking. Thanks in advance.

    John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

    #131773

    Watchman35
    Participant

    Ugghh!! Just took about twenty minutes to compose a response and somehow it did not take!! Exasperating!! OK. Take two!!

    Edit: Now my first entry just showed up, so I am now removing the body my second one. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. LOL

    John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

    #131778
    Heidi
    Heidi
    Participant

    Hello Watchman,

    here is a link to Jack Van Impe’s teaching on animals

    Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and hold you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
    Isaiah 41:10

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