The Gift That Visit Brought Us

Happiest Dog in the World
Happiest Dog in the World

We’ve been talking about a beloved Family pet, our Yellow Lab, Carter.

Virtually all pet owners understand the remarkable bond humans forge with their pets. And it’s especially strong in a pet relationship where there are no children.

Here’s the gift we received from what we thought was our very last weekend with Carter. We were staying at Mitchell’s Sand Castles, which is pet-friendly and on a quiet end of Sanibel Island. It was our 22 visit.

After a nice day on the Sanibel beach, with Carter at our side all day, we had a nice dinner in our cottage. I was walking contemplatively through the dark and tropical setting, taking the trash up to the road.

When around one dark corner, I was mildly startled by another man, standing by the road. Unusual, and a little freaky.

We said casual greetings and then he asked me, “Were you the guy with the Yellow Lab on the beach this afternoon?”

“Yeah, that was me.”

He said, and I will never forget this, “I’ve never seen a dog wag it’s tail so much. You must have the happiest dog on earth.”

There was a reason we went to Sanibel for Carter’s last weekend (so we thought) on earth.

It was so I could meet the total stranger out by the road, waiting for his pizza delivery guy.

Emmanuel

Emmanuel.

God with us.

What more can we ask for?

God is with us.

The challenge that we have as busy humans, is to pause in our rush, and focus on this fact – God is with us.

The even bigger challenge? To do this long after the Christmas reminders are gone.

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November 2009

Happy Thanksgiving World

A sincere wish from my family to yours. We wish you:

  • PEACE in your Soul
  • JOY in your Spirit
  • LOVE in your Heart

We pray for this – for you, your family, and especially all those people less fortunate – every night before dinner.

And as many sit at their tables today, they will be saying similar prayers. This helps make the world a better place.

Too bad Thanksgiving isn’t an official holiday every day.

But, thankfully, many make it a daily holiday, even without official permission.