It's been a week, so my heart and mind are about finished absorbing the bad news. There is an emptiness in the house, and in the lives of the kids and grandkids. Our Chihuahua, PD (Puppy Dog) which as been an important part of the family, died last week. He was 18 years and 2 months old.
I have been on the web and finding Mark Lowery's song, "All Dogs Go to Heaven." Mark wears a t-shirt to support that song title by quoting Psalm 36:6. I will just say if that's true, then PD will be there.
Over the years, PD made lots of friends. He would climb up on the back of the couch where he could look out the front window. We joked about him directing traffic in front of the house. Even the mail man would wave at PD looking out the window. Several of the neighbors were always looking to see him perched on the back of the couch, watching over the whole neighborhood.
PD's world started changing when his hearing began to fail. It would take a shrill whistle to get his attention. He started losing hair. Next, his eyesight diminished. We all knew this would probably be his last year with us. You can understand how this has been on our hearts and in our thoughts since he passed.
He reminded me in his passing, I, too, have some hearing trouble. Then, I suppose I should confess my eyesight is not what it used to be. Yep, you guessed it....the hair is going, too. In spite of getting older, PD continued to be loyal, loving, and the source of happiness.
Oh yes, he also reminded me of those people I have known over the years who are gaining in age with the rest of us. What lies ahead, only God knows. That's why we place our trust and love in the Lord, knowing our bodies are wearing out. We are not as strong as we used to be. We are not as fast as we used to be. I'm saying we need to take a lesson from PD, and all of God's creatures. We must continue to be loyal to the promises and commitments we have made. We must continue to be an example for those who are younger. We must encourage those we meet to be followers of Jesus.
There is another section of scripture that I think of often. Romans 8:19-21, notice the mention of all of God's creation. "For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God." I would like for you to consider, "all of creation" is doing exactly what it was created to do.....except man. Humans sin and fall short of the glory of God, and for that reason Jesus came to offer himself to redeem us.
We are missing PD, but continuing to be thankful for the years he was with us. He was part of God's creation, and blessed us with love and laughter.