The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away

Sabby

Job 1: 21, the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Our dog Sabby died today. She was not quiet eight years old. A lab, we got her from a vet one stormy afternoon in 2014. A loud, boisterous, but sweet as could be dog, she stole our hearts and her doggy sister’s food.

My son, Sabby’s owner, is devastated. Yes, she was only a pet but pets are precious and there’s no shame in loving them. Sabby was very loved.

The Lord gave us Sabby and He’s taken her away. Though dogs have no souls, I am one who hopes that on that Great Day, He will somehow recreate those pets we loved so much and reunite them to us.

It’s a rough, painful day. One of mourning. A day of aching for what we’ve lost.

The Lord has given my family a pain filled year. Over the last 12 months, we’ve lost and lost and lost. So much loss. So much pain. Today is just one more loss on top of so many.

Sabby’s doggy sister has Cushings. We will lose her. We expected to lose her first. Yet another loss in our future.

Yet even in our losses, the Lord is good. There’s a purpose, a reason, that is better, higher, and more glorious than any that we can imagine for all the losses and pain that we, as believers, suffer. No matter what we can trust God. He is always good, no matter what we face.

Our family would appreciate your prayers, not just for our loss today but for the wisdom to navigate the future. Our losses over this past year have been substantial and, to be honest, we struggle every single day. Financial, emotional, familial, health, and so much more, one loss, one pain, piled on another, and another. Sometimes we reel under the weight of the loss. Sometimes, I just pray, “God, please help.” At these times, I honestly don’t know what else to pray. Sometimes, I just don’t know how to even begin to move us ahead.

Yet, we continue to try for we long to honor the Lord.

Yet, in the darkness, we will praise Him.

Job 1: 21, the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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2 Comments

  1. I’ve had a few dogs pass on in my life time. It never gets easier. They become a part of the family.

    1. Anna says:

      Yes, they do. It’s been a bit over three weeks. I’m doing better but it still hurts so much. Thank you for taking time to reply.

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