Thoughts on the Death of a Beloved Pet -- By Wynona Gordon

"For HE said, 'I will never leave you or ever forsake you'" Hebrews 13: 5 KJIIV.

I, until recently, shared my home with two fur-persons, Bonnie and Clyde. I like cats because they are so independent and still so loving. Bonnie and Clyde were totally different in their personalities and yet so alike.

This story is about Clyde. Clyde was a very caring, loving being. He loved his sister Bonnie and when they were separated for some reason, Clyde 'worried' until they were together again. But Clyde loved me even more. He was friendly to the others in his life - except Salida, the golden retriever who entered our lives occasionally. She, he only tolerated - just barely.

Clyde was usually content with a bowl of kibbles, occasional wet food and his 'mommy'. When I was at the computer, Clyde wanted to be on my shoulder. Did you ever try to type with a cat on your shoulder? When I sat in my chair to read or watch TV Clyde wanted to be in my lap. Once I decided to knit some sweaters - he looked very indignant when accidently I bopped him on the head with the needles. Clyde slept with me, he was on hand at bath time - mine, not his - and he was always there whenever a door to the outside was opened.

Then Clyde became ill. He quit eating and he lost a lot of weight and so I took him to see his doctor. The news was not good and Clyde didn't come home with Bonnie and me.

He had always been there for the 8 years I had him. If I went away he was glad to see me when I came home. And now he is gone. Bonnie misses him and I miss him. The difference is that I have Jesus. Jesus has promised he will NEVER leave me or forsake me. I know that and I believe it and one day I will not feel so sad about losing my faithful pet.

Friends, isn't that a wonderful promise? "I will NEVER leave thee or forsake thee." (Heb 13:5) To me that means that no matter how sad I am or how troubled I am over the things life tosses at me, Jesus is there. He knows and he cares. He tells us to cast our burdens upon him. "Cast your burden on the Lord and he will keep you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55: 22 KJIIV.

Yes, things won't always be rosy in this old world but God IS there and He DOES care.

Wynona Gordon