Tina R./Toledo, OH — I had Reilly from the tiniest kitten who needed naps every few minutes to my HUGE “kitty bunny” with the big thumper feet (I tell you, they literally looked like rabbit feet) that still needed naps every few minutes.
He meant so much to me and was so important to me. I took that for granted though. Reilly had health concerns that snuck up on me super fast. His life was cut way to short. He should have had so many more years to live. He’s been gone now for about 7 years and I still think about him all the time. I have other fur babies to hold and love, but for those of you who know and love each and every one of your animals, you know that it is not a replacement. I still miss Reilly, I regret that I didn’t get him help when he needed it, and I have guilt that when he took his final breath I was not right by side.
I choose to believe though that he is in heaven right now with Jesus playing with every cat toy, bell, ring, and ball that he could possible hope for. Jesus is playing with him, and caring for him until the day when I will be able to wrap my arms around him again and feel those huge feet kick up against me……like my bunny.
Great hug for a frantic mom in Florida when her 22 month old daughter got separated from her when a boat they were in overturned. It took an hour for rescuers to find the toddler, safe under the capsized boat where she was able to breathe in an air pocket until help came.
The Bible is somewhat silent on the subject of animal immortality and this may be because man, in his arrogance, might feel if there’s an afterlife for an animal there’s nothing he needs to do to be saved himself. I struggled with this since I was a small child and prayed through tears many times that God would let me be with my beloved pets in eternity. The first verse I was inspired by was Romans 8:22-23. “…the whole creation has been groaning . ..” I was impressed that meant not just humans but all created living beings. The more I prayed the more confidence I felt that this is true. Since then, I feel God has led me to many more verses and publications that support this hope .
I had to add my hug to this list . Recently I adopted a puppy from a rescue and was sitting on my porch with him enjoying the warm evening when he suddenly darted off my lap and went tearing across the street and across a field after whatever he must have decided needed chasing. It was dark and I’m disabled and was terrified. I prayed for God’s protection over him and started out walking and calling. It was difficult to see but as I approached a streetlight a block away, I saw a little girl coming toward me with my puppy in her arms. She caught him on the run and was bringing him back to me . “I know where he lives ‘ cause I saw you playing with him the other day when I rode my bike past your house” she said. God bless her heart. Something really bad could have happened and some would call it lucky that I got him back safely . I know better. That was a hug from above for sure and I am so thankful.
This may not seem like much to most readers but it was a huge hug for me. My hair is unruly and grows fast and it took me years to find a stylist who could tame and manage it. Then one day she was gone and no one would tell me how to find her or call her with my number. Others at that shop simply didn’t have her talent so I went to another location of the same chain. Before I went in I prayed for God to connect me with someone who knows what they are doing. When I walked in, there she was! Thank You Lord for that awesome personal hug! KAT
Message from Sally in Fort Wayne . …thank you Sally for contributing….. “I recently lost my best friend and confident in a tragic car accident. I was very distraught and depressed and when I came across your site I prayed that I might find some comfort in a hug from God too. That very night I dreamed of my friend sitting on a picnic table in a field of beautiful wildflowers which she loved and she smiled at me! I woke up with a wonderful warm feeling of peace. People can analyze that to mean anything they want but I know that was a hug from above!”
Carol N. from Ann Arbor MI writes : “I accidently came across this site and found myself inspired and eager to share. One day about a month ago I took my dog for a walk and came across a keyring . It had 2 keys on it and the ring had an unusual insignia on it like a crest of some sort. I put an ad the paper indicating where I found them and 2 days after the ad appeared the paper called me to inform me there was a response and gave me the number of the respondent . I called it and what a “hug” I received when the owner of the keys turned out to be my own cousin that I hadn’t seen for years! He said he lost the keys while jogging . When he came to get them we had a wonderful catch up visit and promised to keep in touch. I love getting surprise little “hugs” like that ! “
JF from Livonia MI. writes: My Social Security check was seriously depleted but I needed something to give my grandkids for their Easter baskets. As I walked across the Dollar Store parking lot, I saw an unscratched lottery ticket that had blown up against a fence. I retrieved it and it was a 50 dollar winner . Thanking God, I went to cash it. I spent half for Easter baskets for the kiddies and gave the other half to a homeless veteran that was standing on the street corner. That was a great feeling. It was a great day!