Gone, but never forgotten

Reilly

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. 

 

 

 

Your Pets In Heaven

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 .

Puppy  Hug

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.

Shelly G. Texas,OH

 

Megan hug

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!”

Recognized hug

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 !  “

Paying a hug forward.

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!